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e-Gorgias (Issue 80, October 2014)

 

Issue 80
October 2014
Reading Time: 10 minutes
 

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, we have a number of sales and events on the horizon. Gorgias Press will exhibit at three more conferences before the end of 2014. For more information, see the Conferences Section. Highlights in the News Section include: information regarding a two-part interview with Gorgias president and co-founder, George Kiraz, on Radioscribe, and an announcement regarding a recent honor bestowed on David Bertaina, a Gorgias author.

Also in the News Section, you'll find information about our Annual Sale, which has already begun. You can celebrate from Halloween through New Years with 40% off many titles, and every order receives a 30% discount coupon for orders placed in 2015 (not to be combined with other discounts). In addition, every tenth web order receives an additional 80% discount. You could be a big winner!

Happy reading!


 

  • Recently Released
  • Coming Soon
  • From the Acquisitions Desk
  • Enthusiast of the Month: Pekka Pitkänen
  • News
  • Conference Report


For the complete list of recent releases, please visit our Just Published page.

Syrians and the Others
Edited by Basil Lourié & Nikolai N. Seleznyov

ISBN 978-1-4632-0424-2
 Hardback, $180 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $162.00)

The volume contains the first editions of a number of works of Syrian authors and a publication of Coptic liturgical texts. It also includes a discussion of the letters of Nicetas Stethatos available only in Georgian and other patristic/hagiographical topics.

 

The Life and Works of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic Tradition
By Youhanna Youssef

ISBN 978-1-61719-738-3
 Hardback, $222.625 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $200.36)

Severus of Antioch is by far the most prolific and well known theologian of the non-Chalcedonian churches. Although his life and writings came to our knowledge in Syriac, gaining him the title “Crown of the Syriac Literature,” many texts relating to his life and works survived in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic tradition, as well as a number of other texts that were traditionally attributed to him. This book provides an analysis of these texts as and a discussion of the veneration of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic Church.

 

Pronunciation is in the Brain, not in the Mouth
By Edward Y. Odisho

ISBN 978-1-4632-0415-0
 Paperback, $79.82 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $71.84)

This book investigates the cognitive roots of pronunciation in children and adults and the emergence of accent with adults when learning a second language (L2). Subsequently, any teaching of L2 pronunciation to adults should be premised on a multisensory and multicognitive approach covering a wide selection of teaching and learning strategies consistent with the cognitive roots.

 

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures IX
Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi & Christophe Nihan

ISBN 978-1-4632-0420-4
 Hardback, $286.78 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $258.10)

This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in volume 12 (2012) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

 

"I will be King over you!"
By Terry R. Clark

ISBN 978-1-4632-0286-6
 Hardback, $95 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $85.50)

This book examines various rhetorical ways in which the motif of Yahweh’s Kingship functions in the Book of Ezekiel and explores what these arguments contribute to our understanding of the prophetic book as a whole.

 



Here is a select list of forthcoming publications. Click here for a complete list.

"As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …”: The Tell en-Naṣbeh Excavations after 85 Years Edited by Jeffrey R. Zorn & Aaron J. Brody
Collected essays on aspects of daily life at the Israelite site of Tell en-Naṣbeh (biblical Mizpah of Benjamin). These include: trade and economy, death and burial, metals, cooking, water management, curation of the site’s materials, and a site bibliography.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0416-7, Hardback, $95 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $85.50)

The Gospel of John According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation English Translation by Jeff W. Childers & James Prather; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz
This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshiṭta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars. Childers has translated the Peshiṭta of John, while Kiraz has prepared the Syriac text in the west Syriac script, fully vocalized and pointed. The translation and the Syriac text are presented on facing pages so that both can be studied together. All readers are catered for: those wanting to read the text in English, those wanting to improve their grasp of Syriac by reading the original language along with a translation, and those wanting to focus on a fully vocalized Syriac text.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0412-9, Cloth, $150

Revelation According to the Syriac Version with English Translation Revelation: English Translation by Jerome Alan Lund; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz
This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars. Although the book of Revelation is not part of the Peshitta, it was translated into Syriac at a later date and added to the Harqlean version.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0413-6, Cloth, $150

Foundations for Syriac Lexicography IV Edited by Kristian S. Heal & Alison G. Salvesen
The fourth published colloquia of the International Syriac Language Project (ISLP), presenting papers from an international team of authors working to develop contemporary, interdisciplinary approaches to linguistics and lexicography.
ISBN 978-1-61143-933-5, Hardback, $150 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $135.00)



This month we’re pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of books in the fields of manuscript and translation studies and Syriac studies, as well as further Antioch Bible volumes.

Multilingual and Multigraphic Documents and Manuscripts of East and West, edited by Giuseppe Mandalà and Inmaculada Pérez Martín, deals with the evidence from manuscripts and handwritten documents with multilingual and multigraphic structures in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, conceived and designed to display texts in different languages or scripts. It connects research frameworks forging new, cross-cultural debates between disciplines such as Palaeography, Codicology, History, Art history, Linguistics, and Sociology. Alongside the paleographical and codicological aspects, the 17 articles in this volume also address the historical context of these testimonia - their production, use and circulation - and focuses on problems inherent to multicultural societies.

The next issue of the Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies (Issue 14) will be available later this month, containing articles on Theodore bar Koni’s "Scholion," a Neo-Aramaic text of "The Romance of Ahiqar the Wise," Christians in the kingdom of Hatra, and new crosses discovered in Hira, Iraq.

Finally, three further volumes of the Antioch Bible are now in press. These are I-II Samuel (translated by Don Walter and Gillian Greenberg), Leviticus (translated by James Moore), and Ezekiel-Daniel-Bel and the Dragon (translated by Don Walter and Gillian Greenberg).

To see the full list of titles in different series, visit our series page.

Melonie Schmierer-Lee

Acquisitions Editor

Multilingual and Multigraphic Documents and Manuscripts of East and West Edited by Giuseppe Mandalà & Inmaculada Pérez Martín
This volume deals with the evidence from manuscripts and handwritten documents with multilingual and multigraphic structures in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, conceived and designed to display texts in different languages or scripts, as well as addressing the historical context of these testimonia (their production, use and circulation) and focusing on problems inherent to multicultural societies.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0283-5, Hardback, $120 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $108.00)

Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 14 Volume 14 2014: Edited by Amir Harrak
A refereed journal published annually by the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies. Volume 14 includes articles by Aaron Butts, Istvan Perczel, Emanuela Braida, Hikmat Bashir al-Aswad, and Nasir al-Ka'bi.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0469-3, Paperback, $75 (Gorgias BiblioPerks™ $67.50)

Samuel 1 & 2 According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation English Translation by Donald M. Walter & Gillian Greenberg; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz
This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0423-5, Cloth, $150

Leviticus According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation English Translation by James D. Moore; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz
This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshi?ta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0468-6, Cloth, $150

Ezekiel and Daniel According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation English Translation by Donald M. Walter & Gillian Greenberg; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz
This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0478-5, Cloth, $150



George Kiraz Interviewed on Radioscribe

We're pleased to announce that Dr. George Kiraz, president of Gorgias Press, was recently interviewed by Radioscribe about the importance of Syriac for biblical studies and what can be done to preserve it in generations to come. To listen to part one of this interview, titled "Preserving Culture in War," click here. To listen to the second segment, in which George talks about the Antioch Bible and the current crisis in the Middle East, click here.

Annual Catalog Released

Our online annual catalog is now available at this link.

Gorgias Author Described as "Outstanding Emerging Scholar in the Field of Comparative Religion"

David Bertaina, author of Christian and Muslim Dialogues, was just named University Scholar for 2014 by the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). In a public announcement about the award, Lynn Pardie, UIS Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost said of Dr. Bertaina: “Bertaina is an exceptional teacher and an outstanding emerging scholar in the field of comparative religion...He is also known as a passionate, reflective, and engaging teacher who values active learning strategies and skillfully links learning to the demands and dilemmas of contemporary life in a global context.” To read the whole story, click here.

❄ ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE ❄

Attention early shoppers! We are so excited about the upcoming holiday season that we are announcing our ANNUAL WEB SALE now! All BiblioPerks titles are marked down at an amazing 40% off (to see which titles are eligible, just log in). Plus, we’re sweetening the deal by adding a dash of luck. Every tenth web order will automatically win an amazing bargain: Your order subtotal will receive an additional 80% discount! Winners will be notified by email, and will be announced on our website. The additional discount will be applied manually by Gorgias staff. If by chance you do not win the additional discount, you will still receive a 30% discount coupon good for any orders placed in 2015 (note that this coupon can’t be combined with other sale offers).

Don't know where to get started? Try visiting our series page, our recent additions, or our annual catalog.

*The Annual Sale will run until midnight, December 31st, 2014 US Eastern Standard Time. You must log into your Gorgias account to see the discounted prices. Please note that there are some titles that will not be marked down due to co-publication agreements with partners. These items will be marked with a star on your shopping cart. Please check prices carefully before placing your online order as all purchases through this web sale are final -- no cancellations or returns will be accepted. Only customers who pre-pay with a credit card and place a maximum of one order per day are eligible to receive the additional 80% discount.



Pekka Pitkänen originally studied Computer Science and Economics in Helsinki up to MSc level. He then studied theology in Seoul (MDiv) and earned a PhD in Old Testament Studies from University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK. He has taught Theology and Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire for the past ten years or so. His main interest is Genesis-Joshua and the early history of Israel, seen from various perspectives, such as the related texts, archaeology, the wider ancient Near East, sociology, and anthropology. He lives in Cheltenham with his wife who is from Korea. Pekka enjoys studying Korean language and culture, he dabbles with chess, and he recently tried to learn Spanish. He enjoys sports, too, including running, cross training, and watching sports on television.

His three favorite Gorgias Press titles are The Tabernacle Menorah by Carol L. Myers, The Akitu Festival by Julye Bidmeed, and Re-Reading the Prophets Through Corporate Globalization by Matthew J.M. Coomber. Additionally, Pekka was sure to mention that he is excited to read Austin Henry Layard's The Monuments of Nineveh.

<Align=left space=30>"Gorgias Press [is] a wonderfully constructed publishing house with a rapid output through excellent use of technology and logistics and is also prepared to publish a variety of titles, including thinking that is off the beaten track."

The Tabernacle Menorah
  By Carol L. Meyers

ISBN 1-59333-073-1
 Paperback, $78.75 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $70.88)

 Through this comprehensive study of the Menorah, Carol Meyers demonstrates that its symbolic value comes to exceed its function as a source of light, for it symbolizes plant life, cosmic power, and ultimately the reality of the presence of the deity in the tabernacle.

 

The Akītu Festival
  By Julye Bidmead

ISBN 1-59333-158-4
 Hardback, $123.75 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $111.38)

 The akītu festival is one of the oldest recorded religious festivals in the world, celebrated for several millennia throughout ancient Mesopotamia. Yet, the akītu was more than just a religious ceremony; it acted as a political device to ensure the supremacy of the king, the national god, and his capital city. Using tools of social anthropology and ritual analysis, this book presents a detailed reconstruction of the festival events and its attendant rituals to demonstrate how the festival became a propagandistic tool wielded by the monarchy and ruling classes. The akītu festival demonstrates the effectiveness of religion as a political tool.

 

Re-Reading the Prophets Through Corporate Globalization
  By Matthew J. M. Coomber

ISBN 978-1-60724-978-8
 Hardback, $95 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $85.50)

 Using societal patterns of exploitation that are evidenced in agrarian societies from the Bronze Age to modern-day corporate globalization, Re-Reading the Prophets offers a new approach to understanding the hidden contexts behind prophetic complaints against economic injustice in eighth-century Judah.

 

The Monuments of Nineveh
  By Austen Henry Layard

ISBN 1-59333-068-5
 Cloth Limited Edition, $1267.5 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $1,140.75)

 The companion volume to Nineveh and Its Remains. This large (11x17), handsome volume, carefully reproduced from the original edition of 1849-53, and bound in deluxe cloth, contains 170 drawings made by Layard of sculptures, bas-reliefs, and other objects discovered by him among the ruins of Nineveh.

 

 



Gorgias Press has a busy travel month ahead. In November and December we will have exhibits at the following conferences:

Hope to see you there!

 




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