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Legends of Eastern Saints

Chiefly from Eastern Sources
ISBN: 1-59333-243-2
In this GP edition, scholars and students will find Wensinck’s collection of texts from Ethiopic, Arabic, Syriac, and Karshuni manuscripts, as well as English translations of the legends of Archelides and Hilaria, assembled in one volume.

Grammar of the Aramaic Syriac Language

ISBN: 1-59333-031-6
One of the most detailed and accessible grammars of the Syriac language written in Arabic, covering both morphology and syntax.

The Book of Common Prayer [shhimo] of the Syrian Church

ISBN: 1-59333-033-2
A translation (from the Syriac) of the West Syriac Daily Offices, known as the book of shhimo.

The Book of Common Prayer [shhimo] of the Syrian Church

ISBN: 1-59333-246-7
A translation (from the Syriac) of the West Syriac Daily Offices, known as the book of shhimo.

Christianity in Iraq

ISBN: 0-85244-633-0
This book provides a detailed historical account of Christianity's establishment in Iraq, as well as exploring the ancient heritage of the Churches of Iraq.

Remains of a Very Ancient Recension of the Four Gospels in Syriac

ISBN: 1-59333-245-9
Working from a composite manuscript obtained in 1842 from the Syrian monastery of St. Mary Deipara, Cureton reconstructed the fragmentary remnants of what he identified as a fifth-century manuscript of the four canonical Gospels.

The Four Gospels in Syriac, Transcribed from the Sinaitic Palimpsest

Transcribed by Robert Bensly, J. Rendel Harris, and F.C. Burkitt
ISBN: 1-59333-185-1
On Mount Sinai, Agnes Smith Lewis discovered the palimpsest manuscript that would be known as the Sinai Codex. The discovery was shared with Robert L. Bensly and F. Crawford Burkitt. The three of them worked on the manuscript, this work presenting the fruit of their labors.

India and the Apostle Thomas

An inquiry with a critical analysis of the Acta Thomae
ISBN: 1-59333-180-0
Did St. Thomas visit India or is the story a legend? Medlycott provides the answer using archeological and patristic sources.

Palestinian Syriac Texts

From Palimpsest Fragments in the Taylor-Schechter Collection
ISBN: 1-59333-184-3
From the Ben Ezra Synagogue Genizah came thirty-two of the thirty-four palimpsest fragments that make up the material of this book. Originally published in 1900, Gorgias Press is pleased to present this reprint edition of Lewis and Gibson’s work.

Dr. Grant and the Mountain Nestorians

ISBN: 1-59333-181-9
Drawing extensively from Dr. Grant's own letters and journals, Laurie's narrative provides a lively account of the life and work of a little-known nineteenth-century missionary.

Ancient Syriac Documents

ISBN: 1-59333-136-3
Cureton’s book was first begun as early as 1848 on the basis of manuscripts in the collection of the British Museum. It furnished nineteenth-century students of Syriac Christianity with a wealth of new resources and continues to be just as valuable for students today.

The Ancient Fathers on the Priesthood

On the Office and Work of the Priesthood in the Church of Christ
ISBN: 1-59333-043-X
This book draws upon the works of numerous patristic authorities as well as Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter de Blois. Male synthesized their theological reflection and endeavored to present “the unanimous sentiments of the Church Catholic on its important subject.”

The Maronites in History

Second Edition
ISBN: 1-59333-182-7
In making known the history of his people, Moosa brings the past to light for students and scholars of Christianity and the Middle East. This book offers hope for a community struggling to come to meaningful terms with itself in the midst of cultural upheaval.

Leshono Suryoyo: First Studies in Syriac

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 2
ISBN: 1-59333-190-8
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.

Edessa: 'The Blessed City'

ISBN: 1-59333-193-2
This book describes events at Edessa, largely through contemporary accounts and incorporates much new material, notably six mosaics found by the writer between 1952 and 1959.

The Conversion of India: From Pantaenus to the Present Time (AD 193-1893)

ISBN: 1-59333-135-5
This book, based on six lectures by the author, gives the history of the conversion of India to Christianity from the earliest times until 1893. Smith’s work is useful for understanding the American missionary mentality of the nineteenth century.

Symbols of the Cross in the Writings of the Early Syriac Fathers

ISBN: 1-59333-230-0
The book takes the reader on a journey of cross symbolism. Karim covers topics from the paradise of Eden to the Crucifixion and Golgotha. He discusses the cross as a symbol of historical, sacramental, and eschatological events.

"Blessed is He who has brought Adam from Sheol"

Christ's Descent to the Dead in the Theology of Saint Ephrem the Syrian
ISBN: 1-59333-228-9
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.

The Last Assyrians: A History of Aramaic-Speaking Christians

ISBN: 0-00000-006-X
The Last Assyrians is a film on the survival of the Aramaic-speaking Christians (Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs). The U.S. edition is the English version.

Symbols of Church and Kingdom

A Study in Early Syriac Tradition
ISBN: 1-59333-150-9
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.

De Catholicis seu Patriarchis Chaldaeorum et Nestorianorum

ISBN: 1-59333-132-0
This book, originally published in Rome in 1775, remains the major reference to the history of the patriarchs of the Church of the East (Chaldean and "Nestorian"). The volume is appended by another work by J.A. Assemani on church unity.

The Separated Eastern Churches

ISBN: 1-59333-110-X
Janin's work gives an account of the various churches of the East, both Byzantine and oriental. The author gives the history and organizational structure for each branch of the church.

An Introduction to the History of the Assyrian Church

ISBN: 1-59333-103-7
In this book, the Rev. William Ainger Wigram, head of the Mission of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Assyrian Church, gives an introduction to the history of the ancient church, covering its Christology.

Antient Liturgies

ISBN: 1-59333-100-2
Antient Liturgies was a valuable resource at an early stage in comparative liturgical studies and continues to provide a broad overview of the diversity of early Christian worship in an accessible and convenient format for students and scholars.

The Syro-Latin Text of the Gospels

ISBN: 1-59333-167-3
This sequel to The Old Syriac Element in the text of the Codex Bezae (also available from Gorgias Press), shows that assimilation to Old Syriac texts was a predominant factor in the formation of the Greek and Latin Western text.