Issue 111
February/March: 2018

Reading Time: 10 minutes

Dear Friend,

The spring season is shaping up nicely here at Gorgias Press. One of the biggest things which happened this year is the partnership we entered into with De Gruyter which will result in our books being available as eBooks! Also, we are now accepting applications for the Gorgias Book Grant. Lastly, with spring finally here, it is time to start thinking about summer plans. If you are looking for something to do, why not learn Syriac for the first time or brush up on it at the Beth Mardutho summer language classes?

This issue of e-Gorgias contains information about recently released and upcoming books, which are discounted at 20% for a limited time.  Additionally, we have news about our partnership with De Gruyter, the Gorgias Book Grant, and the Beth Mardutho Syriac summer classes.



Brandon Allen, Marketing and Editorial Assistant

  • Recently Released
  • Forthcoming
  • News

For the complete list of recent publications, which are discounted at 20% for a limited time, please visit our New Releases page.

Image of Conceptualizing Distress in the PsalmsConceptualizing Distress in the Psalms: A Form-Critical and Cognitive Semantic Study of the צרר1 Word Group
By Michael D. Rasmussen
ISBN 978-1-4632-0610-9
Hardback: $95.00;
Sale Price: $76.00 (You Save: $19.00)

This volume explores a new methodology for applying the psalms to the present day.  Rasmussen uses a combination of form critical and cognitive semantic methods in the Psalter to investigate words related to distress (from the root צרר1). This investigation results in a set of three cognitive domains that are relatively unique to Psalms that include these distress terms. This study also reveals previously-unnoticed genre grouping in the Psalter related to this distress vocabulary.  Some of the stronger examples within this genre grouping include Psalms 22, 31 and 69, which serve as literary backdrop for the distress of the crucifixion of Jesus in the gospels.  Rasmussen also offers suggestions about the editorial process of the Hebrew Psalter, observing that the later portion of the Psalter (Book 5: Pss 107-150) more strongly associates distress with divine discipline, whereas in the first three books of the Psalter (Pss 1-89), distress is more strongly correlated with declarations of innocence.

Image of Jelena Dimitrijevic

Jelena Dimitrijević: Letters from Salonika
By Vladimir D. Bošković
ISBN 978-1-4632-0641-3,
Hardback: $95.00; 
Sale Price: $76.00 (You Save: $19.00)

Written during Jelena Dimitrijević’s visit in the summer of 1908, in the midst of the Young Turk Revolution, the Letters from Salonika vividly portray the days of the city’s greatest glory—filled with deceptive hopes that the empire could still be saved and that the new days of liberty and equality had arrived. “Since its foundation, Salonika has never been what it is today: the happiest city on earth, the cradle of liberty to the peoples of the Empire,” Dimitrijević wrote. The main topic of her narrative is the “unveiling” of Muslim women, but also more broadly, the women’s rights in the Ottoman Empire and their perspectives for the future.

Jelena Dimitrijević was an erudite, a feminist, and an avid traveler. She spoke six languages and she was the first Serbian woman to make a journey around the world. Thanks to her familiarity with the world of the Ottoman harem, but also thanks to her personal culture, Jelena was received in the best houses of Salonika—Turkish, Jewish, and Greek—and she described her impressions in ten letters, addressed to her French friend Louise St. Jakšić, professor at the College for Girls in Belgrade. Of particular interest is her visit to the houses of the Mu’min community, unique to this city (and therefore also known as Selâlikli), of which she also gave a detailed report. She also visited the household of İsmail Enver, leader of the Revolution, as well as other dignitaries. Dimitrijević’s description of a multicultural, Ottoman Salonika commemorates a world which would soon become unrecognizable and from which few traces remain.

The book includes a substantial critical introduction and a detailed commentary of Dimitrijević’s text. It includes an overview of her life and works and a presentation of her fluid cultural, linguistic, and gender identity, her “sincere nationalism and sincere cosmopolitanism.” The fascinating parallels between Dimitrijević’s harem writing and those of her counterparts—Zeyneb Hanoum, Halide Edib, Demetra Vaka-Brown, Grace Ellison—are also given due attention. The hybrid nature of their writing, irony, mimicry, and gender masquerade in their texts, their multilingualism and multiculturalism, their elusive homoeroticism, all reflect the complex sociocultural context of the last decades of the Ottoman Empire, but also form part of the literary dialog with the Orientalist “autobiographical fiction” of the time, especially the novels by Pierre Loti. Jelena’s text not only deepens our understanding of the European nationalisms, but it also problematizes many aspects of the dominant academic discourse on colonialism and postcolonialism.

Image of Journal of Language RelationshipJournal of Language Relationship No 15/3-4
ISBN 978-1-4632-0754-0
Hardback: $67.00;
Sale Price: $53.60 (You Save: $13.40)

The Journal of Language Relationship is an international periodical publication devoted to the issues of comparative linguistics and the history of the human language. The Journal contains articles written in English and Russian, as well as scientific reviews, discussions and reports from international linguistic conferences and seminars.

A Contextual Reading of Ethiopian Crosses Through Form and Ritual: Kaleidoscopes of Meaning
By Maria Evangelatou
Ethiopia is unique among Christian lands for the incomparable prominence of the cross in the life of its people and for the inexhaustible variety and intricacy of decorative patterns on cross-shaped objects of all kinds. Crosses of wondrous diversity and sophistication are extensively used in religious and magic rituals, as well as in the daily social interactions and personal experiences of people in a variety of contexts. This book explores the ways in which Ethiopian crosses reflect and shape a broad range of ideas, from religious beliefs to interrelated socio-political values, and from individual notions of identity and protection to cultural constructs of local and universal dimensions. Thus the cross of the Ethiopian tradition emerges as the sacred matrix that encompasses the life of the world in both its microcosmic and macrocosmic dimensions; and as the social and cultural nexus through which and with which people interact in order to shape and express personal and communal identities and hopes.

The investigation includes textual and visual evidence, as well as aspects of Ethiopian history and cultural tradition, and highlights elements of both continuity and change. Special attention is given to religious rituals in which crosses guide the participants to internalize abstract ideas central to their culture, through sensorial experience and interaction. A main objective of this analysis is to contribute to an understanding of visual creations as interactive depositories and therefore also generators of ideas, with an influential role in identity formation, socio-cultural interactions and the construction of power relations.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0578-2, Hardback: $95.00; Sale Price: $76.00 (You Save: $19.00)

Knowledge and Experience in the Writings of St. Isaac of Nineveh
By Valentin Vesa

One of the most popular monastic authors with a nearly universal spread over time, Isaac of Nineveh was a mystic of the late 7th century, who belonged to the East Syriac Church. The great importance of Isaac is seen in three aspects: he is a good example of the ecumenical role played by the East Syriac monastic literature, he belongs to the “third theological tradition”, the Syriac (Semitic) school (next to Byzantine and Latin), at a time of synthesis with the Byzantine tradition, and his writings provide important information about the religious monastic ambience in the Persian territory, at a time of turbulence caused by the arrival of the Muslim powers, as well as by internal schisms or the proselytism of the Western Syriac community.

This book is dedicated to the doctrine of knowledge, as described in Isaac of Nineveh’s discourses, in its double dimension, worldly/philosophical and theological (the former considered to be more discursive/intellectual and the latter intuitive/ experiential) and the rapport established between these two, prolonged in the concept of vision, as the highest form of spiritual experience. The topic becomes even more interesting if one places it within the Christological development of the East Syriac theology in the Arab conquered territories of the 7th-8th centuries and the Messalian controversies revealed in different accusations of the Church authorities and academic theologians directed towards isolated monastic influent authors. One can identify different positions and, occasionally, three representative categories – the Church leaders, the academic theologians and the charismatic monastics. The main question refers to a possible existence of two opposite positions: theologians and Church authorities, on the one hand, and the charismatic monastics, on the other. A second thesis might be expressed as an opposition between a scholastic and a practical-mystical theology, professed occasionally by representatives of these three categories.
ISBN 978-1-4632-3905-3, Hardback: $95.00; Sale Price: $76.00 (You Save: $19.00)

The Unremembered Dead: The Non-Burial Motif in the Hebrew Bible
By Frances Dora Mansen

The Unremembered Dead examines the motif of non-burial in the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern contexts. Mansen proposes a new typology for analyzing these references, and demonstrates the range of functions that the non-burial motif served as a literary weapon in both biblical and extra-biblical texts.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0696-3, Hardback: $120.00; Sale Price: $96.00 (You Save: $24.00)

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures XI: Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, vol. 14
Edited by Christophe Nihan & Ehud Ben-Zvi

This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in volume 14 (2014) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. It includes articles by Yitzhak Berger, Benjamin Scolnic, Simeon Chavel, Thomas Wagner, Yisca Zimran, Jason M. Silverman, Paul Sanders, Robert D. Holmstedt, and J.H. Price. The volume also includes thirty reviews.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0749-6, Hardback: $210.00 (not discounted)

Gorgias Press Partners with De Gruyter
We are happy to announce that Gorgias Press is partnering with De Gruyter! This partnership will result in the conversion of our books into eBooks; this includes the books already in print and forthcoming books. For more information, you can view the press release by De Gruyter on their website by clicking here.

Gorgias Book Grant
We at Gorgias Press like to support up and coming scholars who are currently in graduate school. One way in which we do this is through the Gorgias Book Grant. The Gorgias Book Grant is an award of $500 in Gorgias Press books which is awarded to two students who are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program. We are currently receiving applications and the deadline to apply is May 31, 2018. For more information about the grant, visit our website:

Beth Mardutho Summer Language Courses
Join us July 30-August 17, 2018 for two intensive courses taught by Dr. George Kiraz, a fluent Syriac speaker and one of the world's leading Syriac grammarians.  Syriac I is suitable for beginners with no prior knowledge of the language, while Syriac II is geared towards students interested in digging deeper into the grammar and nuances of the language by reading texts.  This is a unique opportunity to experience Syriac as a living culture, including hearing the language spoken by native speakers, attending liturgy at a local Syriac Orthodox monastery, and mastering the nuances of reading Syriac texts.  Both courses will be held at the Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute in Piscataway, NJ, which is easily accessible by train from both New York City and Philadelphia.  Learn more about these summer courses, including information about tuition, lodging, and scholarship, on the Beth Mardutho website!
This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences
Gorgias Press · P.O. Box 6939 · Piscataway, NJ 08854 · USA