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Bishop Lists

Formation of Apostolic Succession of Bishops in Ecclesiastical Crises
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0266-8
Early lists of bishops, identified by Walter Bauer as "literary propaganda," mark critical points in the development of the doctrine of the apostolic succession of bishops. This study delves into the political struggles surrounding the lists and the doctrine they served to define. Ecclesiastical politics in each case reflects the threat to the bishop's authority and clarifies the meaning of apostolic succession in the Church's development. This social history approach, examining the function of the literature within its historical circumstances, reveals how theology developed from politics. The development is as gripping politically as it is illuminating theologically.
$98.00

"Blessed is He who has brought Adam from Sheol"

Christ's Descent to the Dead in the Theology of Saint Ephrem the Syrian
Managing Editor Joseph Knanishu
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0267-5
Buchan’s work is an examination of the theological use of the doctrine of Christ's descent to the dead in the works of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (ca. 306-373 C.E.). Ephrem's conception of Christ's descent to Sheol provides us with an important and distinctive vision of the significance of this salvific event. Ephrem's use of Semitic and non-Western poetic forms and structures as a mode of theological discourse, coupled with his preference for imagery and symbolism rather than definition, resulted in a variety of vivid depictions of Christ's descent to Sheol. The doctrine is shown to be an integral and multifaceted component of Ephrem's theology.
$128.00

Abortion and the Apostolate

A Study in Pauline Conversion, Rhetoric, and Scholarship
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0377-1
This book argues that it is the rejection of Paul’s claims to be an apostle in the same sense as the other apostles that ultimately underlies his “mission to the Gentiles.” This argument is advanced through a careful analysis of Paul’s references to his “conversion” in Galatians 1:15-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:8, paying particular attention to Paul’s evocative use of the language of abortion. The contextualization of this curious self-description in 1 Corinthians 15:8 draws upon a growing body of work concerning an area of ancient life that continues to fascinate and perplex moderns; the exposure of unwanted infants.
$93.00

The Seven Messages of Revelation and Vassal Treaties

Literary Genre, Structure, and Function
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0378-8
This book argues that the genre of the seven messages in Revelation 2–3 is a hybrid prophetic oracle. This oracle is influenced by the Old Testament covenantal elements functioning as a set of lawsuit exhortations. Graves defends this by demonstrating the influence of the Ancient Near Eastern vassal treaty structure in the seven messages. Written in a readable format this work is both an excellent introduction to the book of Revelation as well as a fitting work for the apocalyptic specialist.
$145.00

A Call to Covenant Love

Text Grammar and Literary Structure in Deuteronomy 5–11
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0380-1
Profound in its conclusions and targeted toward the exegete, this volume offers a clear method for establishing flow of thought, text hierarchy, and literary macrostructure in biblical Hebrew prose. The study contributes both to hermeneutical theory and to the study of Deuteronomy by arguing for the application of discourse linguistics alongside stylistic and semantic analysis in the interpretation of OT texts. It includes a brief literary-structural and theological commentary on Deuteronomy 5–11 that models the text grammatical approach and shows its benefits for exegesis.
$133.00

The Syriac Book of Steps 3

Syriac Text and English Translation
Translation and Introduction by Robert A. Kitchen & Martien F. G. Parmentier
ISBN: 978-1-59333-981-4
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.
$40.20

"YHWH Fights for Them!"

The Divine Warrior in the Exodus Narrative
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0271-2
The divine warrior is an important motif in the Old Testament, leading many to study profitably the motif in its most prominent manifestations in poetic texts. This study builds on that foundation by examining the divine warrior in detail in the exodus narrative to construct a broader picture of the motif in the Old Testament.
$98.40

New Studies in the Book of Isaiah

Essays in Honor of Hallvard Hagelia
Edited by Markus Zehnder
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0356-6
This volume contains twelve articles that shed new light on the Book of Isaiah, covering a wide array of historical, linguistic and theological topics. The various aspects of God’s intervention at different points of human history is a main focus of the studies. The collection is marked by a broad diversity in approaches and theological background, and is a useful tool especially for scholars, students and pastors.
$94.20

S. Ephraem Syri Commentarii in Epistolas D. Pauli

Ephrem the Syrian's Commentary on the Pauline Epistles, translated by the Mekhitarist Fathers
ISBN: 978-1-61143-296-1
Presented here are commentaries on the Letters of Saint Paul, translated into Latin from the Armenian version.
$111.60

Insiders versus Outsiders

Exploring the Dynamic Relationship Between Mission and Ethos in the New Testament
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0257-6
Christianity as a movement developed within the already established, but volatile Jewish movement/religion, expressing a profound sense of inclusivism illustrated in the transcendence of social boundaries. In this book the dynamic reality of creating and transcending boundaries and the relationship between insiders and outsiders are explored by way of reflecting on mission and ethos.
$94.80

The Armenian Prayers attributed to Ephrem the Syrian

Edited and Translated by Edward G Mathews Jr
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0262-0
Armenian text of the Prayers attributed to Ephrem the Syrian, with the first-ever translation into a western language. Utilizing a highly developed poetic rhythm, the author manifests a profound spirituality laying his own emptiness before the inexhaustible Mercy of God.
$31.80

Moses Bar Kepha: Commentary on Myron

Translation and Introduction by Baby Varghese
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0214-9
Moses bar Kepha: Commentary on Myron is an important witness to the history of the West Syriac Liturgy. Fr. Baby Varghese has translated the Syriac text into English for the first time.
$22.20

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.
$50.40

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.
$33.00

Le synaxaire géorgien

Redaction ancienne de l’Union arméno-géorgienne
Edited and Translated by Nikolai Marr
ISBN: 978-1-61719-890-8
The surviving text of a Georgian martyrology, on Stephen Protomartyr, Peter and Paul, shows the influence of Armenian Christianity on Georgia, and reflects 6th century preaching against Judaism.
$91.80

Bardaisan of Edessa

Introduction by Jan Willem Drijvers; By H.J.W. Drijvers
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0188-3
In this volume, a reprint of his 1966 monograph, H. J. W. Drijvers investigates the life and teachings of Bardaisan of Edessa, determining his place in the religious and cultural life of Edessa in the second half of the second century of the common era.
$97.80

Saint Michael the Archangel

Three Enconiums by Theodosius, Archbishop of Alexandria; Severus, Patriarch of Antioch; and Eustathius, Bishop of Trake: the Coptic Texts with Extracts from Arabic and Ethiopian Versions
Edited and Translated by E. A. Wallis Budge
ISBN: 978-1-61143-102-5
This work consists of three different encomia of the Archangel Michael, each dealing with a different miracle.
$123.60

Book of the Holy Rites

According to the Rite of the Syriac Church of Antioch
ISBN: 978-1-61143-348-7
The present volume contains the Syriac text for the liturgies of the seven holy sacraments according to the rite of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch.
$115.20

History of Martyrs in Palestine, by Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea

Discovered in a Very Ancient Syriac Manuscript
Edited and Translated by William Cureton
ISBN: 978-1-60724-898-9
This volume contains the Syriac version, with English translation and copious literary and historical notes, of Eusebius’s small book on the martyrs of Palestine, edited from a Syriac manuscript dated to 411.
$97.80

The Homilies of Aphraates, The Persian Sage

Edited from Syriac Manuscripts of the Fifth and Sixth Centuries in the British Museum
Edited with an Introduction by William Wright
ISBN: 978-1-60724-897-2
Wright’s edition of the homilies of the early Syriac father, Aphrahat, includes the text, critical apparatus, and notes on biblical citations, which are also indexed. The preface surveys Aphrahat’s life and deals with the manuscripts used.
$148.80

Eastern Crossroads

Essays on Medieval Christian Legacy
ISBN: 978-1-59333-610-3
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.
$128.40

From Anglo-First-Wave towards American Second-Wave Jewish Feminism

Negotiating with Jewish Feminist Theology and its Communities in the Writing of Amy Levy
Series: Judaism in Context 9
ISBN: 978-1-61719-915-8
This book completely redefines our understanding of fin de siècle Anglo-Jewish author Amy Levy and her writing. Demonstrating that Levy’s writing is less anti-Judaic and more profoundly influenced by the religious concerns of classical German Reformism, Luke Devine's innovative approach reveals that Levy's writing constitutes a genre whose female subjectivity evinces a concern for justice and authority that prefigures numerous aspects of Second-Wave Jewish feminist theory and its spiritual and theological underpinnings.
$111.00

Language and Textual History of the Syriac Bible

Collected Studies
Series: Texts and Studies 9
ISBN: 978-1-61143-891-8
The Syriac Bible is a fascinating field to which too little research has been devoted. In the present volume, Jan Joosten gathers a number of pilot studies, published in various journals and collective volumes, shedding light on the Syriac Old Testament, New Testament, and the relation between them. A number of studies advance the claim that the Old Syriac and Peshitta gospels preserve echoes of an Aramaic gospel tradition that gives independent access to the earliest, oral traditions on the life and teaching of Jesus.
$98.40

Keter Shem Tov

Essays on the Dead Sea Scrolls in Memory of Alan Crown
Edited by Shani Tzoref & Ian Young
ISBN: 978-1-61143-866-6
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.
$110.40

Greek Tradition and Latin Influence in the Work of George Scholarios

“Alone Against All of Europe”
ISBN: 978-1-59333-344-7
This title is a study of the work and career of theologian and diplomat George Scholarios who became the first Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church during the period of Ottoman Rule. Scholarios advocated the union of the Greek and Latin Churches, but he later became the leader of the anti-Unionist faction in the final years of the Byzantine Empire. Scholarios played an important role in East-West dialogues, including the Council of Ferrara-Florence in 1438-39. This book provides a fresh look at some of the cultural misunderstandings that took place at the Council and related dialogues.
$74.40