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George A. Kiraz is the founder and director of Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, and the president of Gorgias Press. He earned an MSt in Syriac Studies from Oxford University, and an MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University. He has an extensive list of publications in Syriac studies.

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Literary Snippets. Colophons across Space and Time

Colophons across Space and Time
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4400-2
The colophon, the ultimate or “crowing touch” paragraphs of a manuscript or a book, provides readers with a the historical context in which the scribe produced the manuscript (or the publisher, a book). At its most fundamental level, the colophon gives us the “metadata” of the manuscript: who was the scribe? When and where was the manuscript produced? For whom was it produced and who paid for it? But colophons are far more rich. They are literary works in their own right, having a style and rhetoric independent of the main literary text of the manuscript. Some are assertive, providing contextual data about the scribe/publisher and manuscript/book; others are expressive, demonstrating the scribe’s feelings and wishes. Some are directive, asking the reader for an action; others declarative, providing all sorts of statements about the scribe/publisher or even the reader. The latter sometimes provide historical facts otherwise lost to histories: wars, earthquakes, religious events, legal agreements, etc. This edited volume brings together scholars from various disciplines to study colophons in various languages and traditions across space and time.

Colophons. A Reader

A Reader
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4402-6
The colophon, the ultimate or “crowing touch” paragraphs of a manuscript or a book, provides readers with a the historical context in which the scribe produced the manuscript (or the publisher, a book). At its most fundamental level, the colophon gives us the “metadata” of the manuscript: who was the scribe? When and where was the manuscript produced? For whom was it produced and who paid for it? But colophons are far more rich. They are literary works in their own right, having a style and rhetoric independent of the main literary text of the manuscript. Some are assertive, providing contextual data about the scribe/publisher and manuscript/book; others are expressive, demonstrating the scribe’s feelings and wishes. Some are directive, asking the reader for an action; others declarative, providing all sorts of statements about the scribe/publisher or even the reader. The latter sometimes provide historical facts otherwise lost to histories: wars, earthquakes, religious events, legal agreements, etc. This volume introduces the colophon as a genre, with examples from different traditions.

Water the Willow Tree

Memoirs of a Bethlehem Boyhood
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4369-2
In this engaging first memoir, George A. Kiraz tells the story of a young Palestinian boy growing up in Bethlehem, fascinated with understanding his Syriac roots even as he drew steadily nearer to the day when he would inevitably be transplanted to the United States.

Journal of Syriac Studies (volume 22)

2019
General Editor George Anton Kiraz
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4283-1
Widely regarded as a premier journal dedicated to the study of Syriac, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies was Established in 1998 as a venue devoted exclusively to the discipline. An organ of Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institute, the journal appears semi-annually and will be printed in annual editions. A peer-reviewed journal, Hugoye is a respected academic source for up-to-date information about the state of Syriac studies and for discovering what is going on in the field. Contributors include some of the most respected names in the world of Syriac today.

Journal of Syriac Studies (volume 23)

2020
General Editor George Anton Kiraz
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4292-3
Widely regarded as a premier journal dedicated to the study of Syriac, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies was Established in 1998 as a venue devoted exclusively to the discipline. An organ of Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institute, the journal appears semi-annually and will be printed in annual editions. A peer-reviewed journal, Hugoye is a respected academic source for up-to-date information about the state of Syriac studies and for discovering what is going on in the field. Contributors include some of the most respected names in the world of Syriac today.

Scribal Habits in Near Eastern Manuscript Traditions

ISBN: 978-1-4632-4195-7
This volume brings together contributions by scholars focussing on peritextual elements as found in Middle Eastern manuscripts: dots and various other symbols that mark vowels, intonation, readings aids, and other textual markers; marginal notes and sigla that provide additional explanatory content akin to but substantially different from our modern notes and endnotes; images and illustrations that present additional material not found in the main text. These elements add additional layers to the main body of the text and are crucial for our understanding of the text’s transmission history as well as scribal habits.

Peshitta English New Testament

The Antioch Bible English Translation
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4213-8
After the success of the Antioch Bible, this publication is a new translation of the Peshitta English New Testament in a single volume. The English translations of the New Testament Syriac Peshitta were carried out by an international team of scholars. The volume is also available in a beautiful gilded leather edition (ISBN 978-1-4632-4217-6).

Peshitta English New Testament (Gilded Leather)

The Antioch Bible English Translation
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4217-6
After the success of the Antioch Bible, this publication is a new translation of the Peshitta English New Testament in a single volume. The English translations of the New Testament Syriac Peshitta were carried out by an international team of scholars.

Beth Qaṭraye

A Lexical and Toponymical Survey
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4139-1
This volume presents and analyzes information on the pre-Islamic and early Islamic historical geography and toponyms of the Beth Qaṭraye region as well as newly discovered vocabulary from a language referred to as Qaṭrāyīth (“in Qatari”) used by its inhabitants.

Proverbs, Qoheleth, and Song of Songs According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translat

English Translation by Robert Owens; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz & Joseph Bali
Series: Surath Kthob
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3911-4
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.

1 Maccabees According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation

English Translation by Philip Forness; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz & Joseph Bali
Series: Surath Kthob
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0585-0
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.

Syriac-English New Testament

The Traditional Syriac Peshitta Text and the Antioch Bible English Translation
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4160-5
After the success of the Antioch Bible, this publication is a new, historic edition of the Syriac-English New Testament in a single volume. The English translations of the New Testament Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text were carried out by an international team of scholars. NOTE: If you meant to order the beautiful gold gilded edition of this book, rather than the standard format, please see the link in the Overview text below.

Gorgias Illustrated Learner's Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary

ISBN: 978-1-4632-4180-3
The Gorgias Illustrated Learner's Syriac English, English-Syriac Dictionary is both a convenient academic resource and a door into the world of Modern Literary Syriac. With 13,000 entries drawn from the major existing works, alongside dozens of explanatory boxes on biblical, historical, theological, liturgical, cultural, as well as grammatical topics, and over 80 colored illustrations, it is a practical tool for those that wish to access all but the most specialized Classical Syriac texts.

Syriac-English New Testament (Gilded)

The Traditional Syriac Peshitta Text and the Antioch Bible English Translation
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4191-9
After the success of the Antioch Bible, this publication is a new, historic edition of the Syriac-English New Testament in a single, very special, gilded volume. The English translations of the New Testament Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text were carried out by an international team of scholars.

The Book of Women According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation

Ruth, Susanna, Esther, and Judith
English Translation by Donald M. Walter, Gillian Greenberg & Eric Tully; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz & Joseph Bali
Series: Surath Kthob
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0589-8
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.

The Psalms According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation

English Translation by Richard A. Taylor; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz & Joseph Bali
Series: Surath Kthob
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0639-0
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.

The Syriac and Arabic Lexicon of Hasan Bar Bahlul (Olaph-Dolath)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-4101-8
Beth Qaṭraye was an important cultural, linguistic and religious crossroads in the pre- and early Islamic periods. In this reissue of a facsimile edition of Duval’s edition of Bar Bahlul’s lexicon, Duval’s Latin introductory material has been translated into English by Samuel Barry.

The Syriac and Arabic Lexicon of Hasan Bar Bahlul (He-Mim)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-4103-2
Beth Qaṭraye was an important cultural, linguistic and religious crossroads in the pre- and early Islamic periods. In this reissue of a facsimile edition of Duval’s edition of Bar Bahlul’s lexicon, Duval’s Latin introductory material has been translated into English by Samuel Barry.

The Syriac and Arabic Lexicon of Hasan Bar Bahlul (Nun-Taw)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-4113-1
Beth Qaṭraye was an important cultural, linguistic and religious crossroads in the pre- and early Islamic periods. In this reissue of a facsimile edition of Duval’s edition of Bar Bahlul’s lexicon, Duval’s Latin introductory material has been translated into English by Samuel Barry.

Genesis According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation

Series: Surath Kthob
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0741-0
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.

The Syriac Dot (paperback)

A Short History
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4100-1
The dot is used for everything in Syriac from tense to gender, number, and pronunciation, and unsurprisingly represents one of the biggest obstacles to learning the language. Using inscriptions, early grammars, and experiments with modern scribes, Dr. Kiraz peels back the evolution of the dot layer by layer to explain each of its uses in detail and to show how it adopted the wide range of uses it has today.

The Syriac and Arabic Lexicon of Hasan Bar Bahlul (set)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-4120-9
Beth Qaṭraye was an important cultural, linguistic and religious crossroads in the pre- and early Islamic periods. In this reissue of a facsimile edition of Duval’s edition of Bar Bahlul’s lexicon, Duval’s Latin introductory material has been translated into English by Samuel Barry.

1 & 2 Chronicles According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation

English Translation by Robert P. Gordon; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz & Joseph Bali
Series: Surath Kthob
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0571-3
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.

Journal of Syriac Studies (volume 21)

2018
General Editor George Anton Kiraz
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4093-6
Widely regarded as a premier journal dedicated to the study of Syriac, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies was established in 1998 as a venue devoted exclusively to the discipline. An organ of Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institute, the journal appears semi-annually and will be printed in annual editions. A peer-reviewed journal, Hugoye is a respected academic source for up-to-date information about the state of Syriac studies and for discovering what is going on in the field. Contributors include some of the most respected names in the world of Syriac today.

The Syriac Orthodox in North America (1895–1995)

A Short History
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4037-0
A short history of the Syriac Orthodox community in North America between 1895, the year of the First Sayfo that triggered the first wave of immigration to North America, and 1995, marking the passing away of Metropolitan Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, the first and only Archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of the United States and Canada.