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Issue 26 (January 2008)


Issue 26
January 2008
Reading Time: 10 minutes
 

Gorgias Press wants to get 2008 off to a good start by brightening up January with some free food and fun! Read on:

Gorgias Press Open House on Friday, January 25, 2008

All eGorgias readers are warmly invited to our Open House on Friday, January 25, 2008, from 4:00 pm onwards. This is an opportunity for us to say "thanks!" to our supporters and show off our new office suite. The Open House, which is free, is an opportunity to meet Gorgias authors and readers in the area. We are also planning some activities including light music, Middle Eastern food (catered by Sahara restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ), and door prizes.

  • When: January 25, 2008 from 4:00 PM onwards
  • Where: 180 Centennial Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Please feel free to bring a guest. If you would like to attend, please send an email to rsvp@gorgiaspress.com by January 22 so we can have a good idea as to numbers. The event is free. We hope you can join our celebration!

Last Call for 2008 Gorgias Press Book Grant Applications

There is still time for you to submit your application and supporting materials for the 2008 Gorgias Book Grant. Outstanding graduate students are invited to apply. Two awards are given annually, consisting of Gorgias Press books in the amount of $500.00 per grant. The application deadline is January 31, 2008. Grants will be awarded in March 2008. Check our Book Grants Page for more information on eligibility and the application process. Previous grant winners are ineligible.

Our New Address, Phone and Fax Numbers

Don't forget to make a note of our new contact information:

  • New Gorgias Press phone number: 732-885-8900
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  • New Gorgias Press mailing address: 180 Centennial Avenue, Suite A, Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA

Here's a look at this month's eGorgias:


 

  • Recently Released: Our latest titles
  • Coming Soon: Forthcoming titles from Gorgias Press
  • From the Acquisitions Desk: By Acquisitions Editor Steve Wiggins
  • News: Winners' Choice: Moving Sale Titles
  • News: Gorgias Press Year in Review: Top 20 Bestsellers of 2007
  • Reviews: Wiggins' book on Ashera in the Gorgias Ugaritic Studies Series reviewed in JHS

 


 





Our latest hot-off-the-press book is Terms for Eternity: Aiônios and Aïdios in Classical and Christian Texts by Ilaria Ramelli and David Konstan. Our customers are glad to be receiving the American Journal of Ancient History. Volumes 2.2 and 3-4 (combined) are now in print. We anticipate volumes 5 and 6 to appear shortly after the new year. We are also pleased to announce the release of Joseph Hallman's The Coming of the Impassible God: Tracing a Dilemma in Christian Theology. We also have the latest from Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley, Drower's Folk-Tales of Iraq, a book which promises timely and interesting reading given events of recent years.

 

Lesser Deities in the Ugaritic Texts and the Hebrew Bible
By Sang Youl Cho

ISBN 978-1-59333-820-6
Hardback, $124 (BiblioPerks™ $99.20)

This book explores ancient conceptions of the lesser deities, the so-called angels, in the Ugaritic texts and the Hebrew Bible. It provides readers with fundamental understanding of ancient "angelology" in the religious literatures from Ugarit and Israel.



Negotiating Island Identities
By Ina Berg

ISBN 978-1-59333-725-4
Hardback, $102 (BiblioPerks™ $81.60)

Negotiating Island Identities explores the history of interaction between Crete and the Cycladic islands from the late Middle to Late Bronze II periods when Minoan influence was at its peak. Based on a thorough investigation of pottery assemblages from key sites, the book advocates a rethink of established acculturation scenarios (such as “Minoanisation”) in relation to the Cycladic islands. Openness or closure towards outside influences was not predetermined by cultural, geographical or ecological variables but was socially constructed. Island communities could consciously fashion their worlds and make choices about the nature and degree of interaction with their neighbours.



Terms for Eternity: Aiônios and Aïdios in Classical and Christian Texts
By David Konstan Ilaria Ramelli

ISBN 978-1-59333-694-3
Hardback, $103 (BiblioPerks™ $82.40)

This book explores two ancient Greek terms for eternity, aiônios and aïdios, from their earliest occurrence in Pre-Socratic philosophy and Plato down through the patristic fathers, where they play a crucial role in debates over eternal punishment vs. universal salvation.



The Coming of the Impassible God: Tracing a Dilemma in Christian Theology
By Joseph M. Hallman

ISBN 978-1-59333-792-6
Hardback, $109 (BiblioPerks™ $87.20)

This book describes the development of the Christian understanding of God from the second to the eighth century as witnessed by major theologians who gradually realized that the Incarnate Word made flesh was not the God of the philosophers. They helped construct the great dogmas of the Christological councils. Beginning with the Apologists and ending with Maximus Confessor, the theological tradition overcame the notion of impassible deity in favor of the humble God of Christian faith, the Word made flesh.



Drower's Folk-Tales of Iraq
By Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

ISBN 978-1-59333-360-7
Hardback, $139 (BiblioPerks™ $111.20)

A collection of folktales from Iraq, dating from the 1930s, found in the archives of the famous English Lady E. S. Drower (1879-1972), who was novelist, folklorist, specialist on the Mandaeans, and writer of travel accounts. New tales edited by Jorunn Buckley form a second volume of Drower’s Folktales. The stories—carrying recognizable Near Eastern folk-tale features—feature monsters and heroes, maidens and fairies and they give a vivid picture of a now extinct oral folktale tradition. This Gorgias Press edition includes previously unpublished tales in addition to those of the 1931 edition.



American Journal of Ancient History (New Series 3-4, 2004-2005 [2007])
By T. Corey Brennan, ed.

ISBN 978-1-59333-782-7
Paperback, $125 (BiblioPerks™ $100.00)

The continuation of the historic American Journal of Ancient History this volume contains nine articles and comprises the contents of volumes 3 and 4 of the New Series (2004-2005 [2007]).



Arabic-Latin Lexicon
By Georg Wilhelm Freytag

ISBN 978-1-59333-507-6
Hardback, $582 (BiblioPerks™ $465.60)

A standard-setting lexicon of classical languages, Freytag’s Arabic-Latin dictionary remains a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of language study or anyone seeking insight into Arabic literature. This four-volume set contains a treasure trove of information.



The Syriac Versions of the Categories of Aristotle
By Richard J. H. Gottheil

ISBN 978-1-59333-852-7
Paperback, $37.7 (BiblioPerks™ $30.16)

The role of medieval Syriac scholars in the translation, and thus preservation, of classical literature cannot be underestimated. Gottheil provides all of the extant Syriac texts of the translation of Aristotle’s Categories, and a brief introduction.






 





We are excited to announce that the following titles will soon be in print:

Click here for a complete list of our soon-to-be-published books.

 

Language and Heresy in Ismaili Thought By Jamal Ali
Abu Hatim al-Razi (d. 322/934) was the Ismaili author of Kitab al-zina, a unique glossary of Islamic words. This book explores his contributions and place in early Arabic linguistic and lexicographical thought and practice, and in Shi’i heresiographical writing.
ISBN 978-1-59333-781-0, Hardback, $105 (BiblioPerks™ $84.00)

The Correspondence of Severus and Sergius By Iain Torrance
Severus of Antioch was the Patriarch of Antioch and a moderate Miaphysite whose doctrine differed from Catholic teaching primarily in terminological divergences. Sergius the Grammarian is a lesser-known figure, but the content of his letters demonstrates that he was a more extreme Miaphysite. The correspondence between the two consists of a set of three letters and an apology by Sergius. Made available in the original Syriac along with Torrance’s translation, these letters are an important part of the working out of concerns associated with the context of the Council of Chalecedon.
ISBN 978-1-59333-971-5, Paperback, $56 (BiblioPerks™ $44.80)

Assyrians in Yonkers By John Pierre Ameer
This book is Dr. Ameer’s reflection on growing up within the small community of Assyrian Christians in Yonkers, New York. He uses the year 1946 as an orientation for his discussion of the characteristics of that ethnic community, that city, and that time in United States history.
ISBN 978-1-59333-745-2, Paperback, $63 (BiblioPerks™ $50.40)

The Syriac Book of Steps 1 By Robert Kitchen
The Syriac Book of Steps collects 30 sermons by a late-4th century anonymous author in the Persian Empire. The author details the spiritual life, highlighting the duties and problems of two ranks of committed Christians, the Upright and the Perfect.
ISBN 978-1-59333-978-4, Paperback, $61 (BiblioPerks™ $48.80)

The Ceramic Oil Lamp as an Indicator of Cultural Change within Nabataean Society in Petra and its Environs circa CE 106 By Deirdre Grace Barrett
Can an altered perception in the Nabataean worldview be detected at the time of the Roman annexation of Petra, Jordan, in CE106? The analysis of ancient ceramic oil lamps from three sacred/ceremonial sites in the area provides evidence for this cultural change.
ISBN 978-1-59333-628-8, Hardback, $102 (BiblioPerks™ $81.60)

Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium By Robert D. Miller (ed.)
This volume of collected essays explores the exegesis of the patristic School of Antioch, the Syriac Church Fathers, and the churches of the Antiochian-Syriac traditions. This exegetical tradition can be of use in today's historical-critical biblical scholarship with relation to theology.
ISBN 978-1-59333-487-1, Hardback, $98 (BiblioPerks™ $78.40)

Lishan Didan, Targum Didan: Translation Language in a Neo-Aramaic Targum Tradition By Margo Rees
An analysis of a modern targum tradition – and the Neo-Aramaic dialect in which it was written – in light of the history of traditional Jewish Bible translation and its uses.
ISBN 978-1-59333-426-0, Hardback, $98 (BiblioPerks™ $78.40)

 


 





During the holiday season, many people are used to acquiring things. Not surprisingly, acquisitions editors are also subject to this conditioning: as winter starts to drag on, we are looking for new material to consider for publication!

These are exciting times for acquisitions at Gorgias Press – we continue to develop new series to accommodate the variety of quality books we’ve been receiving. The past few months have witnessed the launching of the Gorgias Studies in Philosophy and Theology and Gorgias Ugaritic Studies. We also have new series in the wings, awaiting submission of their inaugural volumes. If you have a book project and wonder if it is of interest to an academic publisher who is easy to work with, send it along! Your manuscript will receive personal attention and we will be available to you throughout the process.

As winter begins its leisurely subduction of warm outdoor activities, and your book project nears completion, keep Gorgias Press in mind!

Happy reading!

Steve Wiggins, Acquisitions Editor

 


 





Gorgias Press Moving Sale Wraps Up

 

Our Moving Sale was a smashing success, and we thank all of you who took advantage of our terrific savings opportunity. We had great fun in naming 36 winners from all over the world, who saved a total of nearly $4000.00 on the 52 books they ordered. Our lucky winners are: William Dobos, Fr. Gregory Woolfenden, Joby Uthupan, C.J.T. Talar, Len & Sue Bardsley, Celal Berker, Carole Burnett, David Levinsky, Bill Martin, Jacob Kooroth, Carlo/Giuseppe Marcandall, Si Baohong, Nicholas Zola, Donald Miller, Abraham Bisseh, David Kuznicki, Andrew Hanna, Martin Gerber, David Rensberger, Benson Hunley, Joseph Tarzi, Noel Hinerth, Andreas Juckel, Jake Jacoby, David Stoudt, Pat Zoffreo, T. Daniel Koshy, William Walters, Yoshinaga Mikoda, Carolyn Snively, Peter Constantine, Henry Abramovitch, Jean Kawak.

Top Five Items Ordered by our Moving Book Sales Winners:

For something as random as a sale like this, it was surprising to see clear favorites emerging among the winners. The five most popular items of the moving sale are listed here:

 

The Searchable and Bookmarked Syriac-English Dictionary
By George (ed) Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-59333-790-2, CD (PDF), $51

In the lamentable absence of an English-Syriac dictionary, this handy digital tool will be useful to Syriac scholars on the go. A pdf version of J. Payne-Smith’s Compendious Syriac Dictionary, fully bookmarked and searchable, this innovative tool will allow scholars to search all English words in the dictionary. Not only can this pdf be uploaded to laptops, it will also work with smart phones, palms, and other portable electronic devices. Ideal for carrying into the library with you while on Syriac research, this worthwhile edition of the time-honored dictionary will be certain to find a host of applications for today’s Syriac scholar.



Leshono Suryoyo: First Studies in Syriac-Study Edition
By John Healey

ISBN 1-59333-191-6, Paperback w/ CD, $51

John Healey’s, Leshono Suryoyo, is an introductory grammar for those wishing to learn to read Classical Syriac, one of the major literary dialects of Aramaic and the language of one of the main groups of Middle Eastern churches, including the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Church of the East, and the Chaldaean Church. From the first centuries of the Christian era, Syriac was used by the main theological and historical writers of this tradition (Ephrem the Syrian, Philoxenus of Mabbogh, Thomas of Marga, and Barhebraeus). It also continues to be used in worship.



Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia During World War I
By David Gaunt

ISBN 1-59333-301-3, Paperback, $63

This pioneering historical investigation of the genocide of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syrian Christians of Upper Mesopotamia during World War I uses primary sources of Turkish, Russian, German, French, and Arabic origin, and oral histories by survivors and their descendants.



The Bible in the Syriac Tradition (English Version)
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 1-59333-300-5, Paperback, $38

This is a basic introduction to the various Syriac translations of the Bible and the ways in which they were used in the Syriac tradition. After an initial discussion of the general problems of biblical translation, the different surviving Syriac translations are outlined, as well as biblical manuscripts, lectionaires, printed editions, and translations. A reception history of the Syriac Bible covers the ways in which it has been interpreted, the commentary tradition, its use in preaching, in liturgy, and in spirituality. An appendix offers some comparative samples (in translation) to illustrate some of the differences between the different Syriac translations.



An Introduction to Syriac Studies
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 1-59333-349-8, Paperback, $38

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.



Gorgias Press Announces Top 20 Bestsellers from 2007

Our 2007 year-end retrospective shows some intriguing trends in reader preferences. It also demonstrates that Gorgias is successfully branching out to different fields of study and scholarship. Our best-selling 20 titles for the previous year reveal that Gorgias Press customers are a well-read and diverse lot who have found interesting titles in our catalog. The year's runaway bestseller was Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia During World War I by David Gaunt. Dr. Gaunt's book will be relevant for many years to come.

Women's studies made a strong showing in 2007 as well. Our Cultures in Dialogue series is represented in the Top 20 by Demetra Vaka Brown's books.

It will come as no surprise to long-time Gorgias fans that many of our books dealing with Syriac studies make a very strong showing in the Top 20. Books by Sebastian Brock, Robert Murray, Kees den Biesen and of course the New Syriac Primer by our own George Kiraz continue to be popular.

Other Top 20 books show a strong interest in history and scholarship on the part of Gorgias readers. New Testament study is represented by a book co-edited by J.W. Childers and D.C. Parker.

We are pleased to present the Top 20 bestselling books printed by Gorgias Press:

Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian Relations in Eastern Anatolia During World War I
By David Gaunt

ISBN 1-59333-301-3, Paperback, $63 (BiblioPerks™ $50.40)

This pioneering historical investigation of the genocide of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syrian Christians of Upper Mesopotamia during World War I uses primary sources of Turkish, Russian, German, French, and Arabic origin, and oral histories by survivors and their descendants.



An Introduction to Syriac Studies
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 1-59333-349-8, Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $30.40)

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.



The Bible in the Syriac Tradition (English Version)
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 1-59333-300-5, Paperback, $38 (BiblioPerks™ $30.40)

This is a basic introduction to the various Syriac translations of the Bible and the ways in which they were used in the Syriac tradition. After an initial discussion of the general problems of biblical translation, the different surviving Syriac translations are outlined, as well as biblical manuscripts, lectionaires, printed editions, and translations. A reception history of the Syriac Bible covers the ways in which it has been interpreted, the commentary tradition, its use in preaching, in liturgy, and in spirituality. An appendix offers some comparative samples (in translation) to illustrate some of the differences between the different Syriac translations.



The Unveiled Ladies of Istanbul (Stamboul)
By Demetra Vaka Brown

ISBN 1-59333-216-5, Hardback, $85 (BiblioPerks™ $68.00)

The Unveiled Ladies of Istanbul (Stamboul) is a picturesque description of women's life in post-World War I Turkey during a period of social and political turmoil. Here Demetra Vaka (1877-1946), an expatriate of Ottoman Turkey, established American journalist and acquaintance of Prince Sabaheddin, returns to her native Istanbul after a 20-year absence. Describing women's lives in post-World War I Turkey, she reports on the successful project of female emancipation pursued by Mustafa Kemal as part of the nationalist agenda. Noting how much this project had benefited upper- and middle-class Turkish women, Vaka nonetheless regrets that the gradual emergence of the monocultural, modern Republic was bringing an end to the multiethnic character of the Ottoman State.



The Wisdom of Isaac of Nineveh: A Bilingual Edition
By Sebastian Brock

ISBN 1-59333-335-8, Paperback, $32 (BiblioPerks™ $25.60)

Here, in the inaugural volume of the Texts from Christian Late Antiquity (TeCLA) series, Gorgias Press is pleased to present Sebastian Brock’s masterful English translation of St. Isaac’s writings accompanied for the first time by the Syriac text.



Haremlik: Some Pages from the Life of Turkish Women
By Demetra Vaka Brown

ISBN 1-59333-308-0, Paperback, $43 (BiblioPerks™ $34.40)

Born as a Greek Ottoman in Istanbul, Demetra Vaka Brown (1877-1946) moved to America where she became a journalist and novelist, revisiting Turkey to write several books about the twilight of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of the Turkish Republic. She based this, her first book, on experiences from 1901, when modernization had made inroads into Ottoman domestic life and the harem was becoming a thing of the past. Her reflections on life in the harem suggest the conflicted nature of her allegiances: Vaka is nostalgic for the Ottoman life that was rapidly disappearing, but she also enjoys the freedoms of a professional American woman.



The New Syriac Primer
By George Anton Kiraz

ISBN 978-1-59333-325-6, Paperback w/ CD, $72 (BiblioPerks™ $57.60)

A truly useful introduction to the Syriac language is a rare find. This practical initiation to the study of the 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 a handy CD so that readers may listen to all reading sentences and text passages in the book.



Scribal Habits of Codex Sinaiticus
By Dirk Jongkind

ISBN 978-1-59333-422-2, Hardback, $102 (BiblioPerks™ $81.60)

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most famous and important manuscripts of the Bible. The book studies a variety of textual and non-textual phenomena of this manuscript in order to learn more about the individual scribes who were responsible for copying the text.



Deification in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition: A Biblical Perspective
By Stephen Thomas

ISBN 978-1-59333-324-9, Hardback, $102 (BiblioPerks™ $81.60)

A popularly-written study of the biblical roots of the Eastern Orthodox Church’s mystical understanding of the knowledge of God. This unique study brings together the best of contemporary exegesis with the tradition of Eastern Christianity and illustrates the biblical roots of the Eastern Church's understanding of grace as the energy of God. The book presents, in lay terms, the shape for an Orthodox biblical theology for the 21st century and will be of interest to all Christians for whom the Bible is divine revelation and for whom tradition continues to be creative.



Jesus the Galilean
By David A. Fiensy

ISBN 978-1-59333-313-3, Hardback, $89 (BiblioPerks™ $71.20)

Who was Jesus, really? That question has been debated by academics for the last two centuries, and contributions to this important issue in the history of Christianity are still making an impact on public opinion. Jesus the Galilean takes soundings in the life of the historical Jesus based on four readings from the Gospel of Mark which represent some of the most controversial issues in the current scholarly discussion about the historical Jesus. Using such resources as the background of the New Testament, archaeological studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishnah, and the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, this book explores what can be known about the historical Jesus in the historic Galilee.



The Letters of John of Dalyatha
By Mary Hansbury

ISBN 1-59333-341-2, Paperback, $51 (BiblioPerks™ $40.80)

John of Dalyatha outlines the itinerary of those who are baptized: purification; sanctification through silence; tears; wonder; divine light; union through contemplation; praise; assistance of the angels--leading to the vision of God.



Plato, Apology of Socrates and Crito
By Louis Dyer

ISBN 1-59333-007-3, Paperback, $46 (BiblioPerks™ $36.80)

This edition of the Greek text is an excellent reader for any student of classics. It covers Plato’s Apology, Plato’s Crito, extracts from Plato’s Phaedo and Symposium, and Xenophon’s Memorabilia. It ends with a fifty page Greek-English vocabulary covering the entire material.



Simple and Bold: Ephrem’s Art of Symbolic Thought
By Kees den Biesen

ISBN 1-59333-397-8, Hardback, $102 (BiblioPerks™ $81.60)

Ephrem the Syrian is known as one of the greatest Christian poets and as a unique author whose mode of thought is usually described as “symbolic.” In this work, Kees den Biesen explores the literary, intellectual, and theological mechanisms at work in Ephrem’s writings with the specific aim of identifying the exact nature of his “symbolic thought” and evaluating its contemporary relevance. Den Biesen elaborates a comprehensive approach that integrates a variety of methods into a genuinely theological methodology. He then proposes his own comprehensive understanding of the nature and merits of Ephrem’s symbolic thought.



Studies in Arabic and Hebrew Letters in Honor of Raymond P. Scheindlin
By Michael Rand and Jonathan P. Decter, eds.

ISBN 978-1-59333-701-8, Hardback, $112 (BiblioPerks™ $89.60)

This volume contains contributions, in English and Hebrew, on the following topics: Biblical criticism, Medieval Biblical lexicography, Classical and Post-Classical piyyut, Medieval Hebrew poetry and science, Judeo-Arabic poetry and epistolography, Classical Arabic poetry and prose, and the history of Jewish Studies in America.



Eastern Crossroads: Essays on Medieval Christian Legacy
By Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala

ISBN 978-1-59333-610-3, Hardback, $128 (BiblioPerks™ $102.40)

This volume contains papers from the First International Congress on Eastern Christianity held in Córdoba, Spain, November 2005. The encounter of medieval Christian writers with several linguistic traditions through the Middle Ages produced one of the most important branches of Middle Eastern literature. This encounter not only changed the nature of the respective writings throughout time, but also influenced considerably the development of the legacies transmitted by the writers and the scholars of various Eastern Christian churches. The volume illustrates the strength of Christian cultural life through the Middle Ages under different socio-political situations, including the context of a predominantly Islamic culture.



St. Cyril of Alexandria, A New Testament Exegete
By Lois M. Farag

ISBN 978-1-59333-581-6, Hardback, $115 (BiblioPerks™ $92.00)

This study portrays Cyril of Alexandria as exegete and theologian through an examination of his Commentary on the Gospel John. It begins with an attempt to place Cyril and his commentary within their context. This work argues that Cyril wrote his Commentary on the Gospel of John early in his writing career, almost a decade before becoming bishop. Cyril’s commentary on the Johannine Gospel reveals his exegetical method and his strong Trinitarian theology. The commentary also focuses the nature and work of the Holy Spirit: the indwelling of the Spirit is the beginning of the newness of life.



Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies
By J. W. Childers and D. C. Parker

ISBN 1-59333-367-6, Hardback, $99 (BiblioPerks™ $79.20)

Exploring various topics pertaining to the transmission and reception of the New Testament, this volume presents sixteen new studies that bear important implications for textual criticism, New Testament interpretation, and understanding the formative impact of the New Testament text on Early Christianity.



The Book of the Laws of Countries: Dialogue on Fate of Bardaisan of Edessa
By H. J. W. Drijvers

ISBN 978-1-59333-371-3, Hardback, $76 (BiblioPerks™ $60.80)

The Book of the Laws of Countries (BLC) by Bardaisan of Edessa belongs to the most important writings of early Syriac literature. The text reflects the intellectual climate of northern Mesopotamia and in particular that of the city of Edessa, at the end of the second century and the first decades of the third century CE.



Symbols of Church and Kingdom
By Robert Murray

ISBN 1-59333-150-9, Paperback, $84 (BiblioPerks™ $67.20)

In this revised and updated edition of his classic work, Robert Murray offers the fullest and most vivid picture yet available of the development and character of the culture. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers.



A Reassessment of Asherah
By Steve A. Wiggins

ISBN 978-1-59333-717-9, Hardback, $90 (BiblioPerks™ $72.00)

Asherah is one of the most popular goddesses known from the ancient world. In this second edition of the author’s 1993 monograph on the goddess, further articles and bibliography have been added to bring this ever-expanding field of study more up-to-date.





 





The world of Academics is indeed a small one. In fact our acquisitions editor and author Steve Wiggins’ revised edition of A Reassessment of Asherah, with further Considerations of the Goddess (Gorgias Press, 2007) has received a thorough and rave review from another Gorgias author, Joseph Azize of University of Technology in Sydney soon to appear in the online Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (JHS). This title is the second volume in our new and highly acclaimed Gorgias Ugaritic Studies series edited by Nick Wyatt.

Azize notes that Wiggins’ “treatment of the “Old Testament Asherah” is reasoned and meticulous” and Azize is persuaded by Wiggins’ conclusions and arguments and thinks that “The balance of the book is equally sound. Dr Wiggins was the student of two of the giants of NW Semitic studies, Professors Wyatt and Gibson. This has produced an interesting hybrid of styles.” In addition, Azize sees Wiggins as “a sober scholar who has painstakingly studied the languages and skills” and concludes that “Overall, the volume is more than useful; I would think it is indispensable for scholars who need to consider Athirat, Asherah, or even “the Asherah”.

A Reassessment of Asherah
By Steve A. Wiggins

ISBN 978-1-59333-717-9
Hardback, $90 (BiblioPerks™ $72.00)

Asherah is one of the most popular goddesses known from the ancient world. In this second edition of the author’s 1993 monograph on the goddess, further articles and bibliography have been added to bring this ever-expanding field of study more up-to-date.




 





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