Issue 99
December/January: 2016/2017

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Dear Friend,

Happy 2017!  In this issue of e-Gorgias, we have information about our 40% off Annual Sale Extension, where you can receive 40% off most Gorgias titles simply by using the coupon code in your Anniversary Catalog at checkout.  If you don't have a coupon code, send me an e-mail  ( and I'll forward you a discount coupon!  Additionally, in this issue you'll find announcements about recently released and upcoming books, a note from our Acquisitions Editor for New Testament and Early Christianity, Matthew Steinfeld, and details about our annual Gorgias Book Grant and our all new Classical Islamic World Book Prize!
After a rewarding end to 2016, which saw the launch of our new website, the completion of our 15th Anniversary Catalog, and the release of a wide array of new titles, 2017 has begun where 2016 left off.  We at Gorgias Press recently released a number of great new volumes, and are busy working on many more that not only make valuable contributions to their respective fields, but help expand the purview of the press as a whole.  In addition to titles in our traditional fields of Syriac Studies, Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion, and Linguistics, look out for more contributions to Islamic Studies, History, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in 2017.


Zack Wainer, Marketing and Editorial Assistant

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Picture of The History of the ‘Slave of Christ’ The History of the ‘Slave of Christ’: From Jewish Child to Christian Martyr
By Aaron Michael Butts & Simcha Gross
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0573-7
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The first critical editions and English translations of the two Syriac recensions of a fascinating text which narrates the story of a young Jewish child, Asher. After converting to Christianity and taking the name ʿAḇdā da-Mšiḥā (‘slave of Christ’), he is martyred by his father. In a detailed introduction, Butts and Gross challenge the use of this text by previous scholars as evidence for historical interactions between Jews and Christians, reevaluating its purpose and situating the story in its Late Antique Babylonian context.

Picture of Averroes, the Decisive Treatise Averroes, the Decisive Treatise: The Connection Between Islamic Religious Law and Philosophy
Edited with an Introduction by Massimo Campanini
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0638-3
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The Decisive Treatise is perhaps the most controversial work of Averroes (Ibn Rushd, 1126-1198) and belongs to a trilogy which boldly represent the philosophical contribution to Islamic theology of this famous Andalusian commentator on Aristotle. The Decisive Treatise is a fatwa (a legal opinion) that the judge, Averroes, promulgated for his fellow Malikite jurists in order to demonstrate that the study of philosophy is not only licit from the point of view of religious law, but even mandatory for the skilled people. However, many subjects are dealt with in this comparatively short book: An epistemology aimed to show that philosophical truth and religious truth are not in contradiction; a sociology of knowledge pointing out that humans are classified in three classes (philosophers, theologians, common folk); a Qur’anic hermeneutics suggesting how to approach philosophically the Holy Book in agreement with religious requirements and linguistic rules.

Picture of Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures X Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures X: Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, vol. 13
Edited by Christophe Nihan & Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0691-8
Hardback: $230.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $138.00 (You Save: $92.00)

This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in volume 13 (2013) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. It includes articles by Jeremiah W. Cataldo, Robert Rezetko, Hannah K. Harrington, Alex Andrason, Rivka Nir, James W. Watts, Craig W. Tyson, Tina Dykesteen Nilsen, Hervé Gonzalez, Yuval Gadot, Yuval Goren and Oded Lipschits, Thomas Renz, Zev Farber, Amos Frisch, and Joshua Berman. The volume also includes sixty-eight reviews.

Picture of Cyrillona Cyrillona: A Critical Study and Commentary
By Carl Griffin
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0607-9
Hardback: $95.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $57.00 (You Save: $38.00)

Cyrillona (fl. 396) was a younger contemporary of Ephrem the Syrian whose work has been celebrated as comparable in both beauty and its significance for our understanding of early Syriac Christianity. This study reassesses conventional claims about the author’s identity, date, and the constitution of his corpus. It introduces each of Cyrillona’s five surviving poems and examines their poetic form and genre, structure and rhetorical features, and critical questions of text, interpretation, and theology.

Picture of Contemporary Examinations of Classical Languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, and Greek) Contemporary Examinations of Classical Languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, and Greek): Valency, Lexicography, Grammar, and Manuscripts
Edited by Timothy Martin Lewis, Alison G. Salvesen & Beryl Turner
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0656-7
Hardback: $150.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $90.00 (You Save: $60.00)

Ancient language study is becoming an increasingly sophisticated and complex discipline, as scholars not only consider methods being used by specialists of other languages, but also absorb developments in other disciplines to facilitate their own research investigations. This interdisciplinary approach is reflected in the scope of research papers offered here, invited and peer-reviewed by the ISLP.

Picture of A Unique Hebrew Glossary from India A Unique Hebrew Glossary from India: An Analysis of Judeo-Urdu
By Aaron D. Rubin
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0613-0
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This is the first-ever study of Judeo-Urdu, that is, the Hindi/Urdu language written in Hebrew script. It provides background and an introduction to the Judeo-Urdu corpus, presents nearly two hundred entries from one text — a Hebrew-Judeo-Urdu glossary — and analyzes the orthography, phonology, and morphology of Judeo-Urdu. Comparison is made to standard Hindi and Urdu, from which Judeo-Urdu diverges in many interesting ways.

Picture of The Julian Romance The Julian Romance: A New English Translation
Edited and Translated by Michael Sokoloff
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0533-1
Softcover: $65.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $39.00 (You Save: $26.00)

The so-called "Julian Romance" was discovered among the Nitrian manuscripts in the 1830s. This edition, with facing Syriac text and English translation, provides a new, more accurate translation of this important Syriac text.

Picture of Persian Martyr Acts under King Yazdgird I Persian Martyr Acts under King Yazdgird I
Edited and Translated by Geoffrey Herman
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0623-9
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This volume presents five vivid tales of Persian Christian martyrs from the fifth century. They provide important historical information on Christian society at this time, revealing its geographical and social divisions. Narseh is an itinerant monk from Bēth Raziqāyē who damages a fire temple that had formerly been a church. Tātāq is a high ranking courtier from Bēth Ḥadyab who abandons his position to become an ascetic. Mār ‘Abdā is a compliant bishop from Ḥuzestān drawn into conflict with the king by his confrontational and defiant priest, Hasho. Set in the Sasanian Empire in the reign of Yazdgird I (399-420 CE), these texts thematize the struggle between the martyrs' identity as Persian subjects loyal to the king, often in the face of hostility by the Zoroastrian priesthood, and their devotion to their Christian faith.

Picture of The Works of Cyrillona The Works of Cyrillona
Edited and Translated by Carl Griffin
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0606-2
Softcover: $65.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $39.00 (You Save: $26.00)

Cyrillona (fl. 396) has been ranked among the foremost early Syriac poets since his work was rediscovered by scholars in the mid-19th century. His Holy Week discourses on the Last Supper, the Washing of the Feet, and the Institution of the Eucharist have become particularly well-known to western readers through quotations by such diverse authors as Hugo Rahner and Photina Rech. This volume presents the first modern critical edition of Cyrillona’s Syriac works together with the first complete English translation.


The Syrian Orthodox Christians in the Late Ottoman Period and Beyond By Khalid S. Dinno
The events following the 1895 violence in southeastern Anatolia became precursors to the genocidal Safyo of 1915, which resulted in the annihilation of nearly half the Syrian Orthodox in Anatolia and brought Syrian Orthodoxy to the verge of extinction. The apathy of the victors of World War I towards the beleaguered survivors contrasted with the welcome the exiled survivors found in the Arab lands to the south, where historical affinity was rekindled. From the safety of this new environment, Syrian Orthodoxy, led by enlightened individuals, was revitalized, drawing on a venerable Syriac cultural tradition and a patriarchal standing that was characteristically free from social elitism and tribal sectarianism. Utilizing the quest for learning that was widespread in the emerging new nation states, this new leadership, despite meager resources, launched Syrian Orthodoxy on a course of revival and renaissance not witnessed since the days of Bar Hebraeus in the late thirteenth century. No study, in any language, has covered the history of the Syrian Orthodox Church over the designated period as fully as this current work, which it is hoped will fill a dire gap and break ground in new research.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0575-1 , Hardback: $208.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $124.80
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Exodus According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation English Translation by Mark Meyer; Text Prepared by George Anton Kiraz & Joseph Bali
This volume is part of a series of English translations of the Syriac Peshitta along with the Syriac text carried out by an international team of scholars. Mark Meyer has translated the text, while Kiraz has prepared the Syriac text in the west Syriac script, fully vocalized and pointed. The translation and the Syriac text are presented on facing pages so that both can be studied together. All readers are catered for: those wanting to read the text in English, those wanting to improve their grasp of Syriac by reading the original language along with a translation, and those wanting to focus on a fully vocalized Syriac text.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0536-2, Hardback: $150.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $90.00 (You Save: $60.00)

From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Dictionaries: Select Studies in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek Edited by Tarsee Li & Keith Dyer
These articles on Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek lexicography have arisen from papers presented at the International Syriac Language Project's 14th International Conference in St. Petersburg in 2014.

ISBN 978-1-4632-0656-7, Hardback: $150.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $90.00 (You Save: $60.00)

The Chronicle of Zuqnīn: Parts I and II. From the Creation to the Year 506/7 AD By Amir Harrak
The Chronicle of Zuqnin is a universal history beginning with the Creation according to the biblical account and ending with the time of the Chronicler, the years 775-776 AD. The author is most probably Joshua the Stylite, a contemporary of the Caliphs al-Mansur and al-Mahdi, who lived in the monastery of Zuqnin that was located near Amid, the Diar-Bakr of modern Turkey. Parts I and II contain compiled sources some of which survived only in this Chronicle. Sources include the Bible, Cave of Treasures, the Sleepers of Ephesus, Eusebius of Caesarea, Socrates, and the short Chronicle called Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite that deals with Sassanian-Byzantine warfare at the begging of the 6th century. Parts III and IV cover the years 488 and 775 AD. In this volume, Parts I and II, including the author’s dedicatory letter, are now published in an updated edition of the Syriac text and the first English translation.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0663-5, Hardback: $180.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $108.00 (You Save: $72.00)

Introduction to Working with Manuscripts for Medievalists By János M. Bak
A short guide for studying, editing and translating medieval texts in manuscript form, outlining the technical steps for preparing a medieval manuscript for print: evaluating and describing the manuscript itself (transmission, provenance, and physical description), textual criticism (reconstruction, emendation, authenticity, dating, and authorship), and steps to preparing an edition or translation.
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0643-7, Softcover: $45.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $27.00 (You Save: $18.00)

"Not in the Spaces We Know": An Exploration of Science Fiction and the Bible Edited by Frauke Uhlenbruch; In Collaboration With Anna Angelini & Anne-Sophie Augier
This volume explores themes at the intersection of the Bible and science fiction. In the genre of science fiction in film, books, comic books, or fan fiction, we find portrayals of possible futures, altered pasts, supernatural or beyond-human beings. Just as in biblical literature, science fiction can contain metaphysical speculation. Departing from this intersection, the authors engage with biblical texts 'as' science fiction, asking different questions of their sources: can science fiction theory and practice yield new aproaches to the discussion of biblical texts? The authors reflect on methodology and offer case studies that include, among others, superhuman biblical kings and uncanny divine intermediaries.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0694-9, Hardback: $95.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $57.00 (You Save: $38.00)

The Semantics of צרר Lexemes in the Hebrew Psalter By Michael D. Rasmussen
Psalms containing lexemes derived from the Hebrew root צרר (to bind, be in distress) reveal a previously-unnoticed generic subgroup in the Psalter. Through structural and cognitive linguistic principles, Rasmussen explores issues related to genre, Hebrew grammar, and syntax in order to arrive at a set of three cognitive domains of “powerlessness,” “palpable threat,” and “entreaty” which are relatively unique to psalms that include צרר lexemes. Rasmussen also makes suggestions about the editorial process of the Hebrew Psalter, concluding that after the Babylonian exile, distress was more strongly associated with divine discipline and displeasure, whereas before the exile it was more associated with declarations of innocence.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0610-9, Hardback: $95; with Annual Sale Coupon: $57.00 (You Save: $38.00)

Reconstruction of a Source of Ibn Isḥāq’s Life of the Prophet and Early Qurʾān Exegesis: A Study of Early Ibn ʿAbbās Traditions By Harald Motzki
This important work is a meticulous source-critical, isnād-cum-matn study of a group of traditions in Ibn Isḥāq's Biography (Sīra) of the prophet Muḥammad. Through his analysis, the author reveals that Ibn Isḥāq relied on Muḥammad b. Abī Muḥammad, a hitherto undocumented source of his. Important new light is also shed on problems with Ibn Hishām’s recension of Ibn Isḥāq’s Sīra.
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0659-8, Paperback: $58.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $34.80 (You Save: $23.20)

Princely Authority in the Early Marwānid State: The Life of ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Marwān By Joshua Mabra
‘Abd al-‘Azīz b. Marwān (d. 86/705) reigned as the amīr of Egypt and walī al-‘ahd (heir apparent) to the Islamic caliphate for over 20 years. This book intends to revive this largely forgotten amīr and demonstrate the critical role he played in the formation of the Marwānid dynasty. The founding thesis of this study is that ‘Abd al-‘Azīz was appointed the amīr of Egypt and second heir apparent due to the legitimacy his maternal lineage brought the nascent dynasty.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0632-1, Hardback: $95.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $57.00 (You Save: $38.00)

A Place Between Two Places: The Quranic Barzakh By George Archer
For believers in a resurrection of the body, there arises the question of what happens after death but before the Last Day: the intermediate state. For most Muslims, the intermediate state is the barzakh. It is a fantastical and frightening time in the grave. The present study will examine where the belief in the barzakh comes from through a study of the Qur'an.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0612-3, Hardback: $95.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $57.00 (You Save: $38.00)

The Syriac Order of Monastic Profession and the Order of Baptism: Common Structure, Imagery and Theological Themes By Polycarpus A. Aydin
Is monastic profession in the West-Syriac tradition a “second baptism”? In this book, Mor Polycarpus Edip Aydin argues that it is. A relationship clearly exists between the two rites of initiation: the monastic profession and baptism. Aydin examines these two rites of initiation and then compares the rite of monastic profession with that of baptism, both in external structure and theological themes in order to reveal how the monastic rite closely parallels, or even is modeled upon, that of baptism. It also identifies the common imagery and themes between them, and then explores the idea of monastic profession as a “second baptism,” or rather, the realization of what the gift of the Spirit at baptism really implies. An extensive Appendix contains Syriac texts with English translations pertaining to the Syriac rite of monastic profession with relevant commentaries by Syriac Fathers spanning from the 6th to 10th century.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0619-2, Hardback: $99.00; with Annual Sale Coupon: $59.40 (You Save: $39.60)

We recently hired three new acquisitions editors,  Adam Walker (Islamic Studies), Matthew Steinfeld (New Testament and Early Christianity), and Yael Landman (Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East, and Jewish Studies - as well as a previous Gorgias Book Grant winner) to complement our Senior Acquisitions Editor Melonie Schmierer-Lee. You'll be hearing from one of these new voices each month in our "From the Acquisitions Desk" column:

As we move into the New Year, Gorgias Biblical Studies has several reasons to be excited. 

First, we have relaunched our Biblical Intersections series which “explores various topics beyond theological or exclusively historical exegetical studies, including the relationship of Hebrew and Christian scripture to philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics, cultural studies, intertextuality and literary studies.” This series has an outstanding editorial board, the members of which hail from a variety of backgrounds and institutions. 

Second, there are three forthcoming publications that are particularly n
ImageFromGFFoteworthy: a project dealing with the textual tradition of Acts and Paul in the Byzantine Apostolos lectionary, a highly anticipated translation of Hippolytus’ commentary on Daniel and Chronicon, and an exploration of Warrior and Storm-god motifs in the Hebrew Bible.

Third, our Texts and Studies series continues to be a strong producer of fine projects dealing with textual criticism and manuscript studies. It’s accomplished editorial committee and reputation as a source for the latest research in the field of textual criticism continues to bring in quality research projects that will further the field.

From  everyone at Gorgias, we wish you a Happy New Year!


Dr. Matthew Steinfeld
Acquisitions Editor (New Testament and Early Christianity)

Gorgias Press Annual Sale Extension

In honor of our 15th anniversary, we at Gorgias Press are happy to extend our 40% off Annual Sale through February for the first time ever.  To receive this discount, you must enter the discount code that came in your Anniversary Catalog at checkout.  Didn't receive an Anniversary Catalog? Can't find your discount code? No Problem!  Simply send me an e-mail  ( with your address so that we can add you to our catalog mailing list, and I'll forward you the discount coupon.

Gorgias Press Book Grant 2017

The Gorgias Book Grant is an important part of our efforts to support young scholars in the humanities. Every year, Gorgias chooses two graduate students to receive an award of $500 worth of Gorgias titles (each) for demonstrating excellence in their fields.

2017 Grant Field: Any field within the scope of Gorgias Publications
Application Deadline: April 5, 2017


  1. Candidate must be enrolled in a graduate program (Master's or Ph.D.) in an accredited university or an institution of learning in the field of the grant.
  2. Candidate must be in good standing at their academic institution.

Application Process

To apply, please email the following to Zack Wainer (

  1. A letter indicating your interests in your field and plans for the future.
  2. A two-page description of your thesis, or a one-page description of your course work in the case of course-based programs.

    Send the following items by mail to: Gorgias Press LLC, Book Grants Program, 954 River Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854.

  3. Official transcripts of the previous 2 years of university education. If the institutions you come from do not give out transcripts, please contact us to make alternative arrangements to satisfy this requirement.
  4. Two letters of recommendations from professors familiar with your work (one must be your current supervisor in the field of the grant).

Please bear in mind that all documents, except for official transcripts, should be in English.

In order to be considered for the grant, please submit all documents by April 5 (snail-mail documents should be postmarked by the due date). We’ll announce the lucky winners at the beginning of May.

Gorgias Islamic World Book Prize 2017

Gorgias Press is delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural international Classical Islamic World Book Prize (CIW). Based on the decision of an internationally renowned panel of scholars, the CIW will recognise three exceptional early career contributions to the academic study of the classical Islamic world. In particular, the CIW will invite scholars from across the world to submit unpublished monographs that are either revised PhD theses or first Postdoctoral monographs.

The winners of the CIW will be announced in August 2017. The winning submission will be awarded an inscribed plaque, a contract to publish their monograph under Gorgias Press’ Islamic History and Thought Series, and $500 worth of Gorgias Press publications. Prizes will also be awarded to the second and third place submissions.

To enter a submission, please send the following information, in pdf format, to
- Covering Letter: This should include your name, contact details/affiliation(s), and the names/affiliations of your supervisors, if applicable.
- Letter of Support: In a maximum of 700 words, provide an abstract of your thesis/monograph and describe what unique contribution your book makes to the field.
- References:
Provide up to two letters of support from supervisors, or established specialists in the field who are familiar with your book, on the originality and value of the work.
- CV
- The manuscript

The deadline for submissions will be Monday 20th February 2017 (midnight). For more information about the CIW, the submission guidelines and criteria, and the judging process, please contact Gorgias Press’ Islamic Studies editor:


Check out the top 5 Gorgias Press bestsellers for January:

ImageFromGFFA Short Chronicle on the End of the Sasanian Empire and Early Islam
Edited and Translated by Nasir al-Ka'bi
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Picture of CyrillonaCyrillona: A Critical Study and Commentary
By Carl Griffin
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Picture of The Julian RomanceThe Julian Romance
Edited and Translated by Michael Sokoloff
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Sale Price: $39.00 (You Save: $26.00)

Picture of The Works of CyrillonaThe Works of Cyrillona
Edited and Translated by Carl Griffin
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Picture of Persian Martyr Acts under King Yazdgird I Persian Martyr Acts under King Yazdgird I
Edited and Translated by Geoffrey Herman
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American Journal of Ancient History

We are happy to announce that Gorgias Press now has every original volume of the American Journal of Ancient History (AJAH)! While the early volumes of this groundbreaking journal have already been published by Gorgias, we are in the process of publishing every remaining original AJAH volume, from 1976-2001. 

The American Journal of Ancient History is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering ancient history and classical studies. It was established in 1976 and edited by Ernst Badian until 2001. It is continued by the American Journal of Ancient History: New Series, edited by T. Corey Brennan.

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