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e-Gorgias (Issue 94, February 2016)


Issue 94
February: 2016
Reading Time: 10 minutes
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We have a few pieces of good news this month. First, we are pleased to welcome two new acquisitions editors to Gorgias: Yael Landman-Wermuth and Matthew Steinfeld. You can read more about them in the News section.

Second, two of our books received positive mentions from Review of Biblical Literature, which you can see under Reviews.

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

How Do We Want the Past to Be?
Edited by Maria Gabriella Micale & Davide Nadali

ISBN 978-1-4632-0544-7
Hardback, $99 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $89.10)

How Do We Want the Past to Be? The question is not purely rhetoric: rather, it points out the importance of how archaeologists deal with the interpretation and visualization of the past that they excavate and study. The essays in this book offer a contribution to the current debate on archaeology and the contemporary methodological approaches to the study of ancient Near Eastern architecture.

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Chariot that Prophet Ezekiel Saw
Fascicle 14: Translation and Introduction by Alexander Golitzin; Edited with Notes by Mary T. Hansbury

ISBN 978-1-59333-735-3
Paperback, $51 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $45.90)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily on the Chariot which the Prophet Ezekiel saw. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug. In Syriac and English.

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Lord's Prayer
Edited and Translated by Morgan Reed

ISBN 978-1-4632-0561-4
Paperback, $48.5 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $43.65)

Jacob of Sarug's pastoral concern and rhetorical acumen have earned him the title “the lyre of the Holy Spirit”. This volume presents both a text and translation of Jacob’s exposition of a passage central to Christian liturgy and piety.

Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on the Six Days of Creation: The Second Day
Edited and Translated by Edward G. Mathews Jr.

ISBN 978-1-4632-0553-9
Paperback, $37.7 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $33.93)

In this second part of Homily 71, On the Fashioning of Creation, Jacob treats the making of the firmament: what it was, where it was, what – as far as can be determined – was placed above it and what below it, its purpose and utility for humanity, and the importance of its place in the Genesis account of the six day progression of creation.

To handle our growing number of submissions, we have hired two new acquisitions editors in Biblical Studies. Together, they will handle books ranging from the Ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, New Testament, Early Christianity, and (last but not least) modern Jewish Studies. We are pleased to introduce them below!

Meet our new Hebrew Bible/Jewish Studies Acquisitions Editor: Yael Landman-Wermuth

Yael will soon earn her PhD in Hebrew Bible from Yeshiva University. She holds a BA in Jewish Studies and English from the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed fellowships at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at New York University School of Law. Yael’s research interests include biblical and ancient Near Eastern law, Semitic languages and linguistics, and literary approaches to the Bible.

A former recipient of a Gorgias Press Book Grant, Yael is excited to develop Gorgias’ Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Ancient Near East collections.

Meet our new New Testament/Early Christianity Acquisitions Editor: Matthew Steinfeld

Born in Oregon and raised in Arkansas, Matt graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2006 with a double B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Unsure of what to do next, he flipped a coin, and moved to Dallas. He enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, wanting to pursue pastoral ministry in France, but desperately avoided the biblical languages. Having finished his M.A. in Cross-Cultural Ministry, he changed his mind, switched his degree to an academic emphasis, and spent the next two years (and all of his electives!) studying Greek, Hebrew, Akkadian, and Church History, making him eligible for a Th.M in 2011. His master’s dissertation was on the use of the Pauline Epistles in Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians. He worked in the corporate world for a year when he decided to pursue a Ph.D after hearing about the ongoing COMPAUL Project at the Institute of Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing in Birmingham, England. In 2015, he successfully defended his doctoral thesis, “The Text of Romans, Second Corinthians, and Galatians in the Writings of Origen of Alexandria.”

He loves to play poker, basketball, guitar, and golf, is an Aston Villa FC fan, and collects/reads classic literature.

Gorgias received two positive reviews from Review of Biblical Literature earlier this month. You can read about them below (all emphases are our own).

Robert Morehouse describes the Antioch Bible Gospel of Mark, translated by Jeff Childers, as "An Excellent Resource":

"In all, this is an excellent volume for anyone seeking an attractive, updated, printed copy of the Syriac Peshitta Gospel of Mark in Syriac and English. Kiraz and Childers help to preserve a vital tradition of the Gospel of Mark in a way that is clear and accessible. It is an excellent resource for anyone interested in making a foray into the study of the Gospel of Mark in Syriac."

- Robert J. Morehouse, review of Jeff W. Childers; George A. Kiraz, ed., The Gospel of Mark According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation: Mark, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2016).

Andrea Ravasco describes Keter Shem Tov: Essays on the Dead Sea Scrolls in Memory of Alan Crown, edited by Tzoref and Young, as "An Undeniable Contribution":

"The book is an undeniable contribution to Qumran scholarship and a great tribute to the memory of Professor Crown. It is a welcome contribution to Dead Sea Scrolls research."

- Andrea Ravasco, review of Shani Tzoref and Ian Young, eds., Keter Shem Tov: Essays on the Dead Sea Scrolls in Memory of Alan Crown, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2016).


The Gospel of Mark According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation
English Translation by Jeff W. Childers; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-61719-561-7
Cloth, $150 (Subscriptions at $75.00/volume)

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 Mark, 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.

Keter Shem Tov
Edited by Shani Tzoref & Ian Young

ISBN 978-1-61143-866-6
Hardback, $150 (Gorgias BiblioPerks $135.00)

This eclectic collection contains 16 articles on a variety of topics within Qumran Studies from a conference held in memory of the late Professor Alan Crown. Essays cover the impact of the Qumran discoveries on the study of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament to the study of the scrolls themselves and the community organizations presupposed in them, focusing as well on topics as diverse as sexuality, scribal practice and the attitude to the Temple in the scrolls.


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