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Gorgias Handbooks provides students and scholars with reference books, textbooks and introductions to different topics or fields of study. In this series, Gorgias welcomes books that are able to communicate information, ideas and concepts effectively and concisely, with useful reference bibliographies for further study.

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Introduction to Working with Manuscripts for Medievalists

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0643-7
A short guide for studying, editing and translating medieval texts in manuscript form, outlining the technical steps for preparing a medieval manuscript for print: evaluating and describing the manuscript itself (transmission, provenance, and physical description), textual criticism (reconstruction, emendation, authenticity, dating, and authorship), and steps to preparing an edition or translation.
$36.00

A Unique Hebrew Glossary from India

An Analysis of Judeo-Urdu
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0613-0
This is the first-ever study of Judeo-Urdu, that is, the Hindi/Urdu language written in Hebrew script. It provides background and an introduction to the Judeo-Urdu corpus, presents nearly two hundred entries from one text — a Hebrew-Judeo-Urdu glossary — and analyzes the orthography, phonology, and morphology of Judeo-Urdu. Comparison is made to standard Hindi and Urdu, from which Judeo-Urdu diverges in many interesting ways.
$48.00

Diccionario Gorgias Siriaco-Español

By Sebastian P. Brock & George Anton Kiraz; Edición y traducción española de Joan Ferrer & Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0600-0
El Diccionario Gorgias Siriaco-Español, basado en el Gorgias Concise Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary de Brock y Kiraz, ha sido concebido como un recurso académico, concebido tanto para el siriaco clásico como para el siriaco literario moderno. A Concise Syriac-Spanish Dictionary. Based on Brock and Kiraz's 2015 Gorgias Concise Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary, it is designed to be a convenient academic resource for Classical Syriac.
$48.00

Seven Icons of Christ

An Introduction to the Oikoumenical Councils
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0572-0
This volume sets out an exposition of the seven key iconic moments of Christian intellectual history that formulate the classical profession of Jesus Christ as the Word of God Incarnate.
$107.90

An Introduction to Syriac Studies

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 4
ISBN: 1-59333-349-8
This Introduction aims to provide basic guidance to important areas of Syriac studies. The relevance of Syriac studies to a variety of other fields is explored. A brief orientation to the history of Syriac literature is offered, and Syriac is set within the context of the other Aramaic dialects. A thorough discussion on important tools (Instrumenta Studiorum) is presented; topics include grammars, dictionaries, the Bible in Syriac, histories of Syriac literature, bibliographical aids and relevant series, periodicals, and encyclopedias. This Introduction should prove useful both for the student beginning Syriac studies and for scholars working in adjacent fields.
$38.00

Gorgias Concise Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0224-8
As the first two-way Syriac-English/English-Syriac dictionary, the Concise 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, the Syriac-English section is a practical tool for all but the most specialized Classical Syriac texts, while the English-Syriac entries open up new opportunities for scholars to compose their own texts and to participate in modern Syriac usage.
$48.00

A Comprehensive Grammar to Hammurabi’s Stele

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0284-2
This complete grammar of Code of Hammurabi is formally arranged and can be the basis for learning the rest of Akkadian grammar. Students of Biblical Hebrew or Arabic will find it a most convenient introduction to this sister language. The cuneiform text has been set out in columns opposite a phonetic transcription, thus enabling the comprehensive set of citations illustrating various points of Akkadian grammar to be easily checked within their wider linguistic context. This book, when used in conjunction with the author’s previous book “Hammurabi’s Laws”, makes it possible for a student to learn to read and understand the whole text of Hammurabi’s Stele.
$65.00

An Introduction to Early Christianity

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0238-5
A general introduction to the origin and development of Christianity, from its Jewish background in the land of Israel up to its contribution to the thought and art of medieval Europe.
$48.00

Righteous Giving to the Poor: Tzedakah ("Charity") in Classical Rabbinic Judaism

Including a Brief Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0261-3
Moral insights and comments about Tzedakah ("Charity") are found throughout the vast body of rabbinic literature. This book attempts to present a survey of the rabbinic sources concerning Tzedakah and to provide the reader with an analysis of the system of Tzedakah as created and understood by the Rabbis.
$45.50

A Short Introduction to the Tiberian Masoretic Bible and its Reading Tradition

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0246-0
This book is intended to provide a quick introductory overview of the Tiberian Masoretic tradition of the Hebrew Bible and its background. It was this tradition that produced the great Masoretic codices of the Middle Ages, which form the basis of modern printed editions of the Hebrew Bible. Particular prominence is given to the multi-layered nature of the Masoretic tradition. The volume contains a section describing the Tiberian reading tradition, which is essential for a correct understanding of the vocalization system.
$39.00

The New Syriac Primer, 2nd Edition

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 9
ISBN: 978-1-59333-325-6
A truly useful introduction to the Syriac language is a rare find. This practical initiation to the study of this ancient language of the Christian church speaks with clarity and authority. A fruitful integration of scholarly introduction and practical application, this primer is more than a simple grammar or syntactic introduction to the language. Written in a style designed for beginners, Kiraz avoids technical language and strives for a reader-friendly inductive approach. Readings from actual Syriac texts allow the student to experience the language first hand and the basics of the grammar of the language are ably explained. The book comes with downloadable material so that readers may listen to all reading sentences and text passages in the book.
$48.00

English Grammar Guide for Language Students

Especially students of Biblical Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Latin, and related modern languages
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 27
ISBN: 978-1-61143-864-2
Too many incoming students are fluent in English but unable to discuss the language grammatically. Introductory language courses and textbooks often assume a proficiency and familiarity with grammatical terms that is not possessed by the students. This guide delivers an understanding of English grammar starting from simple concepts and presupposing no background or vocabulary. This book is designed as a textbook and a reference for students beginning a New Testament Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic or Latin course.
$65.00

Issues in Luke-Acts

Selected Essays
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 26
ISBN: 978-1-60724-160-7
This volume provides an introduction and engagement with the major critical issues in the study of Luke-Acts. As the study of Acts has become, once again, one of the major areas of focus within New Testament scholarship, this collection of essays presents an orientation to the major issues of Luke-Acts study, while providing fresh scholarship by senior scholars. This holistic overture addresses fundamental questions such as authorship, dating, textual concerns, sources, speeches and literary form(s).
$65.00

Index of Notable Persons in the Syriac Tradition within Select Arabic Sources

An Adaptation of G. Kiraz’s Catalogue at the Beth Mardutho Research Library
Compiled by Emilee Walker Cornetta; Foreword by George Anton Kiraz
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 24
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0162-3
This volume contains the contents of George Kiraz’s catalogue of over 1300 people and places related to the Syriac tradition, expanded to include Latin names and citations as well as references to the Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage.
$80.00

Introduction to Syriac Reading and Writing

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 23
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0085-5
This volume introduces the letters of the Syriac alphabet a few at the time, and each set of letters is accompanied by guides to pronunciation and the correct way to write the letters, including helpful charts and illustrations. Practice exercises at the end of each section provide the user with copious opportunities for review to facilitate rapid acquisition. This volume will be helpful to all who want to learn the basics of Syriac pronunciation and orthography without being inundated with technical linguistic jargon.
$28.40

Index to Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies

Volumes 1–10
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 22
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0078-7
This publication is an index to Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, Volumes 1–10. It includes indices organized by volume contents, article titles, authors, books reviewed, and subject keywords.
$30.80

Latin Historical Phonetics

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 21
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0048-0
The book is designed for students who wish to learn the principles of Latin phonetics as well as for more advanced students who wish to review or reevaluate these principles in the light of further philological and linguistic evidence. The body of the book comprises an extensive discussion of the various historical changes that went into the making of Latin, analyzing the development of the vocalic and consonantal systems in light of literary and epigraphical sources.
$36.50

`Enbe men Karmo Suryoyo (Bunches of Grapes from the Syriac Vineyard): A Syriac Chrestomathy

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 6
ISBN: 978-1-61143-685-3
`Enbe men Karmo Suryoyo is a chrestomathy intended primarily for students who have covered the essentials of Syriac morphology and syntax, but it should also interest anyone who enjoys Syriac literature in general. The twenty-six selections consist of examples of Syriac prose and poetry from the second until the thirteenth centuries AD. The readings reflect a wide and varied range of subject matter. Inevitably, selections of a religious nature predominate, but historical, ethnographic, chemical, astronomical, and linguistic excerpts produced by famous Syriac authors, as well as less familiar ones, have been included. A Syriac-English glossary and an index of grammatical points are included.
$53.60

A Brief Introduction to the Semitic Languages

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 19
ISBN: 978-1-61719-860-1
With a written history of nearly five thousand years, the Semitic languages comprise one of the world’s earliest and longest attested families. This volume provides an overview of this important language family, including both ancient and modern languages. After a brief introduction to the history of the family and its internal classification, subsequent chapters cover topics in phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. Each chapter describes features that are characteristic of the Semitic language family as a whole, as well as some of the more extraordinary developments that take place in the individual languages.
$34.50

A Franciscan Discipleship Handbook

Spiritual Formation and Guidance in the Writings of Francis of Assisi
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 18
ISBN: 978-1-61719-238-8
St. Francis of Assisi is as popular today as ever before. This book deals with the training St. Francis received in undertaking the life of discipleship to Christ and the training St. Francis gave to others to help them live their vocation as disciples of Christ. St. Francis of Assisi was constantly aware of God's hand being ever operative in his own life. Helping others perceive God's direct and personal intervention in their lives highlights St. Francis' way of training others in Christian discipleship.
$56.25

The Assyrians in Australian Archives

Documents from the National Archives of Australia and Australian War Memorial, 1914–1947
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 17
ISBN: 978-1-60724-993-1
The small Assyrian community proved to be loyal, dedicated and hard-working citizens of Australia during the years 1914–1947. For the first time the Assyrian issue will be seen through the eyes of Australian official documents and it is hoped that this monograph will raise awareness of these people within Australia and abroad.
$177.85

Verbal Paradigms in Syriac

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 16
ISBN: 978-1-60724-920-7
This handbook tabulates the most common verbal paradigms and conjugations. It begins by explaining the various types of verbs and how they differ from each other. Every table is spread over two pages in width. Columns and rows are marked to make easy references.
$35.00

The Ostraca of the Coptic Museum in Old Cairo, Egypt

Compiled by S. Kent Brown
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 13
ISBN: 978-1-60724-014-3
The Ostraca of the Coptic Museum, written on pottery pieces, limestone flakes and wood, present the lives of ordinary people in their interactions with one another, and includes their economic and personal affairs. This volume is a catalog of the 1,127 ostraca in the museum.
$158.35

Syriac Books Printed at the Dominican Press, Mosul

With an appendix containing the Syriac books printed at the Chaldean Press, Mosul
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 14
ISBN: 978-1-60724-104-1
Since the 1850s until the outbreak of World War I, the Dominican Press in Mosul, Iraq, produced scholarly, liturgical, and pedagogical publications to service the local Christian communities. These hard to find publications have now been cataloged in detail by J. F. Coakley and David G. K. Taylor.
$45.00

A Greek and Syriac Index to Sergius of Reshaina’s Version of the De Mundo

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 12
ISBN: 978-1-60724-583-4
Sergius of Reshaina (d. 536), translated the (pseudo-)Aristotelian text known as the De Mundo from Greek into Syriac in the early sixth century. The earlier period of Greek-Syriac translation was characterized by freer versions, while in the seventh century there are very good examples of literalism. Since Sergius worked at a time between these two periods, his translation will be of special interest to Greek and Syriac scholars.
$157.00