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Midrash and Legend: Historical Anecdotes in the Tannaitic Midrashim

Historical Anecdotes in the Tannaitic Midrashim
ISBN: 1-59333-127-4
This study applies form criticism to the stories of the earliest rabbinic midrashim. The results shed light on the literary personalities of the individual midrash collections and the relationships of transmission in the tradition. These stories are of particular interest from an inter-religious and comparative literary point of view because New Testament studies have often referred to certain narratives in the gospels as "midrashic." The author sets forth, in positive terms, an understanding of what functions historical anecdotes serve in the tannaitic midrashim, along with a catalogue of the rhetorical conventions used to fulfill those functions.
$86.40

Healing in the Theology of Saint Ephrem

ISBN: 1-59333-156-8
Ephrem, the most celebrated writer of the Syriac Church, presents a wide range of theological themes and images that are characteristic of fourth-century Syrian Christianity. A significant theme that no one has yet studied in Ephrem is the concept of sickness and healing. This book presents the significance of healing theology and the ways in which the healing of man - spiritually, mentally, and corporally - is highly valued by Ephrem. The main part of the book deals with the causes of spiritual sickness and the process of healing, and the way in which Ephrem places them in the divine history of salvation.
$124.20

The Akītu Festival (hardback)

Religious Continuity and Royal Legitimation in Mesopotamia
ISBN: 1-59333-158-4
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.
$74.40

Eastern Liturgies

ISBN: 1-59333-118-5
In one volume, this classic in liturgical studies brings together the main types of Eucharistic liturgy of the various Eastern Christian Churches. For more than a century it has been a reference for students and scholars in comparative liturgy.
$69.00

Ritual Dynamic Structure

Series: Gorgias Studies in Religion GD 14, Religion 1
ISBN: 1-59333-229-7
The present work takes up the neglected quest for a theory of ritual and methodology of analysis that recognizes and traces the contours of ritual dynamic structure. The resulting fresh approach provides a controlled framework for interpreting rituals belonging to various cultures and for identifying bases of comparison between them. The first part of ritual dynamic structure builds a theory and definition of ritual and a corresponding methodology for analyzing specific rituals in terms of their activities and the meanings attached to those activities. The second part illustrates this methodology and its usefulness for comparative studies by applying it to ceremonies of cult purification in the ancient Near East.
$73.80

Sun and Shield: A Book of Devout Thoughts for Every-day Use

A book of Devout Thoughts for Every-day use based on Jewish, Pagan, Christian, Islamic and modern literary texts (New Introduction by Allen Darnov)
ISBN: 1-59333-063-4
Sun and Shield is a collection of devotional texts, featuring a unique combination of biblical, Jewish, pagan, Christian, Islamic and modern literary texts. Quotes from a diverse range of authors can be found, such as Goethe, Plutarch and Mohamed.
$35.40

Hymns of the Eastern Church

ISBN: 1-59333-054-5
Translated directly from the original Greek, this book was the first anthology of Eastern hymnology available in English. It quickly became popular after its publication and was used in the English-speaking churches of the Anglican Communion.
$54.60

A Stranger at the Door, And Other Lebanese Short Stories

Translated into English by Admer Gouryh
ISBN: 1-931956-32-4
This charming collection of short stories is packed with humor, suspense, and shock, but is essentially serious. Through an array of interesting characters, Al-Khoury illuminates an extraordinary range of issues.
$34.20

Chinese Buddhism

ISBN: 1-931956-01-4
A thoroughly descriptive account of Chinese Buddhism that describes its history and different schools. The author uses Buddhist literature to describe the faith’s moral system, calendar, images, procession, and literature.
$89.40

East Syrian Daily Offices

ISBN: 1-59333-060-X
An English translation of the Daily Offices of the East Syriac rite, used today by the Assyrian Church of the East, the Chaldean Church, and the Syro-Malabar Church.
$67.20

The Festal Letters of Athanasius

ISBN: 1-59333-021-9
The text of the long-lost Festal Letters of St. Athanasius, discovered by Cureton. The volume is dedicated to H.G. Francis, Duke of Bedford.
$46.20

Extracts from the Ecclesiastical History of John Bishop of Ephesus

ISBN: 1-59333-015-4
Composed in three parts, the book chronicles a critical period in the Syriac Orthodox Church, and represents the greatest literary work by the author. It includes grammatical, historical, and geographical notes in English and German.
$69.00

S/He Created Them

Feminist Retellings of Biblical Tales
ISBN: 1-59333-057-X
A contemporaneous and religiously meaningful retelling of biblical stories by a feminist who looks at intimate lives of people inhabiting the Bible. She rediscovers a past in which biblical women actively participated and suggests women’s leadership might lead to a better world.
$36.60

The Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius in Syriac

ISBN: 1-59333-041-3
The Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius of Caesarea, who flourished in the fourth century, has long been considered a landmark in Christian historiography. Written originally in Greek, a Syriac translation appeared during or shortly after the lifetime of the author.
$114.60

The Chronicle of Joshua the Stylite

ISBN: 1-59333-014-6
This standard edition of the Chronicle, composed in AD 507, is considered one of the most valuable authorities for the period with which it deals. The manuscript from which the text is derived is a palimpsest copied between 907 and 944.
$79.80

The Eucharist Service of the Syrian Orthodox Church: Meaning and Interpretation

ISBN: 1-59333-023-5
An illustrated commentary on the text, meaning and interpretation of the Qurbono (Eucharist Service), including a discussion of all vestments and church parts, written by a leading bishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church from India.
$48.60

The History of Alexander the Great

ISBN: 1-59333-011-1
This is a Syriac edition, with English translation, of the folk-lore and legends connected to Alexander the Great. This ancient text represents a Greek text that is much older than any other known version.
$151.20

Book of the Order for the Burial of the Clergy

Translated by Murad Barsom
ISBN: 0-9744442-0-0
The first edition of this much needed text is now available in Syriac with a facing English translation. The book covers the orders for the burial of deacons, priests, prelates, and nuns, followed by their respective memorial service.
$51.00

After Life in Roman Paganism

ISBN: 1-931956-37-5
Through the course of eight lectures, Franz Cumont gives a thorough investigation of the afterlife in Roman pagan thought. He covers topics such as the afterlife, celestial immortality, untimely death, the sufferings of hell and metempsychosis, the felicity of the blessed, the journey to the beyond, and more.
$52.80

The Seven Poems Suspended from the Temple at Mecca

ISBN: 1-931956-80-4
A collection of seven pre-Islamic Arabic poems, the Mu`llaqat form the most celebrated forms of poetry. A tool for students of Arabic literature, this book gives the Arabic text, a literal translation of these poems, and a commentary.
$56.40

The Book of Religious and Philosophical Sects

Edited by William Cureton
ISBN: 1-931956-83-9
This monumental work, by the twelfth-century historian of religious and philosophical doctrines, aspired to present "the doctrinal opinions of all the world's people," i.e. to reveal the entirety of religions and philosophies, past or present.
$88.80

The Hidden Pearl: The Aramaic Heritage

ISBN: 1-931956-99-5
An unprecedented book and album set on the Aramaic heritage, including three one-hour documentary video tapes. Vol. I covers the ancient Aramaic heritage, vol. II is on the heirs of the heritage, and vol. III covers one of the witness communities today.
$120.00

The Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran: Their Cults, Customs, Magic Legends, and Folklore

With a New Introduction by Jorunn J. Buckley
ISBN: 1-931956-49-9
No anthropologist has conducted fieldwork among the Mandaeans, not even in recent decades and therefore Drower remains a singular figure. Scholars, students, and aficionados regard her book as the work that brings the people alive.
$96.00

The Liturgy of the Holy Apostles Adai and Mari

Together with two additional liturgies to be said on certain feasts and other days; and The Order of Baptism.
ISBN: 1-931956-59-6
An English translation of the liturgy still in use in the Church of the East, the Chaldean Church, and the Syro-Malabar Church.
$33.00

Early Christianity Outside the Roman Empire

ISBN: 1-931956-06-5
This book consists of two lectures delivered by the author at Trinity College, Dublin: the first deals with Aprahat, the Persian sage, and the second with Bardaisan and the Acts of Judas Thomas.
$33.00