Issue 114
June: 2018

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Dear Friend,

June has been a month for celebrating long standing achievements and welcoming in new people and the latest technology here at Gorgias Press. Firstly, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Gemma, the newest Gorgias Press employee. I'm delighted to be joining the team and have had an exciting month learning about my responsibilities as Marketing Associate. George had the pleasure of traveling to Sweden to present Gorgias author and friend Sebastian Brock, retired Reader in Syriac Studies at the University of Oxford,  with the first volume of the series Sebastianyotho on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The series aims to publish Dr. Brock's collected works along with new material. Brandon, who I'm taking over from, is returning to full-time study but will remain part of the Gorgias team by working on Sebastianyotho,
so expect to hear more about this unique collaboration in the coming months. Thanks to the loan of a high-tech scanner from Princeton Theological Seminary, we have a team working (literally) 24/7 to digitize the Beth Mardutho library in Gorgias HQ. On top of all that,  the Acquisitions Team are finalizing their decisions on the Gorgias Book Grant winners (to be announced next month), and we have another batch of exciting releases to tell you about!

This issue of e-Gorgias contains information about recently released and upcoming books, many of which are discounted at 20% for a limited time.  Additionally, we have 'News' about forthcoming features, our Social Media networks and the Beth Mardutho Syriac summer classes.


Gemma Tully, Marketing Associate

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

Multilingual and Multigraphic DocumentsThe Arts and Crafts of Syria and Egypt from the Ayyubids to World War I: Collected Essays
By Marcus Milwright
ISBN 978-1-4632-3900-8
Hardback: $135.00; Sale Price: $108.00 (You Save: $27.00)

This book addresses the production, distribution and use of manufactured objects in Egypt and Syria from the start of the Ayyubid dynasty in 1171 through to the early twentieth century. The chapters combine archaeological evidence, museum objects, primary texts, and early photographs of the Middle East. This interdisciplinary approach demonstrates the importance of material culture and traditional craft practices in the reconstruction of social and economic history. 

Multilingual and Multigraphic DocumentsMultilingual and Multigraphic Documents and Manuscripts of East and West
Edited by Giuseppe Mandalà & Inmaculada Pérez Martín
ISBN 978-1-4632-0283-5
Hardback: $1890.00; Sale Price: $151.20 (You Save: $37.80)

Recent decades have seen increasing interest in research on multilingual and multicultural societies, especially of the ancient world, but also of the Middle Ages. Until now, this flourishing manuscript tradition has been studied almost exclusively by segments and by disciplines that do not always allow a comprehensive understanding of the manuscripts and their multigraphic and
multilingual contexts.

This volume deals with the evidence from manuscripts and documents with multilingual and multigraphic structures in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, conceived and designed to display texts in different languages or scripts. It also addresses the historical context of these testimonia (their production, use and circulation) and focuses on problems inherent to multicultural societies.

Liturgy and the LivingLiturgy and the Living Text of the New Testament: Papers from the Tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament
Edited by H. A. G. Houghton
ISBN 978-1-4632-0748-9,
Hardback: $95.00; Sale Price: $76.00 (You Save: $19.00)

The textual history of the New Testament is a dynamic tradition, reflecting differing readings, interpretations and uses of its canonical writings. Twenty years after the publication of D.C. Parker’s celebrated volume The Living Text of the Gospels, the papers in this collection provide further insight into the lives of the New Testament text. One especially important focus for the New Testament as “living text” is its use in Christian worship: individual chapters examine the importance of liturgical manuscripts in Coptic and Greek traditions, alongside consideration of broader themes related to the lectionary text. Several famous biblical passages are the subject of extended treatment, including the Pericope Adulterae, Jesus’ teaching on the Temple in Mark, and the Lukan genealogy. The contributions represent original research by an international range of scholars, first presented at the Tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament.

Image of A New Reconstruction of 2 Corinthians in PelagiusHugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Volume 19)
General Editor George Anton Kiraz
ISBN 978-1-4632-3901-5
Hardback: $143.00 (this volume is not discounted)

Widely regarded as a premier journal dedicated to the study of Syriac, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies was established in 1998 as a venue devoted exclusively to the discipline. An organ of Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institute, the journal appears semi-annually and is usually printed in annual editions. 

Hugoye 20Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Volume 20)
General Editor George Anton Kiraz
ISBN 978-1-4632-3906-0
Hardback: $143.00 (this volume is not discounted)

Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies is a respected academic source for up-to-date information about the state of Syriac studies and for discovering what is going on in the field. Contributors include some of the most respected names in the world of Syriac today.

Image of The Masorah of 1 Samuel in the Leningrad CodexThe Masorah of the Former Prophets in the Leningrad Codex (vol. 3: 1 Samuel)
By David Marcus

ISBN 978-1-4632-0597-3
Hardback: $182.00 (this book is not discounted)

Additional information: this volume is the third title in a series of six

This work represents the first time that a major part of the masorah of the great Leningrad Codex, that of the Former Prophets, is being published with an English translation and commentary. The translation and commentary is preceded by an Introduction which deals with topics such as description of the importance of the Leningrad Codex, the Masorah and its development, the Masorah of the Leningrad Codex, and the relation of the Leningrad’s Masorah to the accepted text of the Hebrew Bible. Every masoretic note in the Leningrad Codex that accompanies the text of the six books of the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel,1 Kings, and 2 Kings) is transcribed, translated and annotated. Every occurrence of each lemma is provided with its biblical references, and an indication is given as to where else in the ms. a note for any particular lemma may be found. Furthermore, and most originally, an attempt is made to suggest a reason for each note. The presentation employed in this work is user friendly so, for example, catchwords that occur in the Masoretic notes are arranged horizontally to correspond to their biblical references. This arrangement not only enables readers to immediately see the contexts where lemmas occur, but also to see where the lemmas are distributed in various sections of the Bible. Another aid for students is that all Hebrew references, other than in the ms., are given in a fully vocalized form.


Releases to look out for in the coming months

Materials for the Intellectual History for Imāmī Shīʿism in the Safavid Period
A Facsimile Edition of Ms New York Public Library, Arabic Manuscripts Collection,Volume 51985A
Prepared for publication and introduced by Sabine Schmidtke

In 1934 the New York Public Library (NYPL) purchased a sizable collection of 250 volumes of Arabic manuscripts through the fund for Semitic literature that had been provided by Jacob Heinrich Schiff. Ms New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Arabic Manuscripts Collection, Volume 51985A, a facsimile of which is included in the present publication, belongs to the Shīʿī material among the collection. It is a multitext volume of 269 leaves which in its present form comprises seven individual works. It is hoped that the present facsimile edition will enable and encourage scholars to delve into the materials it contains.
ISBN 978-1-4632-3923-7, Hardback: $290.00 (this book is not discounted)

Missionary Life in Persia: Being glimpses at a quarter of a century of labors among Nestorian Christians
By Justin Perkins; Introduction by John Pierre Ameer
An account by the American missionary, Justin Perkins, of his years living among the Christians of Persia, with a new Introduction by John Ameer, setting the activities and experiences of the American missionaries in Persia in their historical context.
ISBN 978-1-4632-3921-3, Hardback: $65.00; Sale Price: $52.00 (You Save: $13.00)

After Saturday Comes Sunday
By Susan Adelman
In our own lifetimes we may witness the death of a major 3000 year old language—Aramaic-- the ancient imperial language of the Middle East, the language of the Jewish Talmud and the spoken language used by generations of Chaldeans and Assyrians in their villages—until ISIS appeared.  The Jews of Kurdistan have spoken Aramaic since the Assyrian Exile in 722, BCE, but they left Iraq for Israel in the 1950s, where they now raise Hebrew-speaking children.  Even today, Chaldean and Assyrian Christians pray in Aramaic at branches of the Church of East, a church born in Turkey, Persia and Iraq.  Now those in the Diaspora speak other languages.  While Church missionaries once spread their religion and language all across China and down to the southern tip of India; today their territory has contracted down to a small fraction of the Middle East, where they are under existential threat.   

In this book the reader meets a Chaldean great grandmother from Telkaif, Iraq, and a professional woman in Israel whose family comes from Zakho, Iraq.  Their stories illustrate the rich centuries-long traditions that are at risk.  Can the remaining Christians and their language be saved from extinction in their very birthplace?  At least the United States must extend them an umbrella of support so they may rebuild their indigenous communities and train their own militias if they ever hope to resettle safely at home, resume their traditional way of life, and raise children who speak their language.
ISBN 978-1-4632-3904-6, Hardback: $35.00 (this book is not discounted)

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)

Studying the Near and Middle East at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1935-2018
Edited by Sabine Schmidtke

The history of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study dates back to 1935, and it is the one area of scholarship that has been continuously represented at the Institute ever since, encompassing all four schools—Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Historical Studies, and Social Science. The volume opens with a historical sketch of the study of the Near and Middle East at the Institute, discussing luminaries such as Ernst Herzfeld, Henri Seyrig, Ernst Kantorowicz, Otto Neugebauer, Marshall Clagett, Clifford Geertz, Bernard Lewis, Glen Bowersock, Oleg Grabar, and Patricia Crone and their respective impact on the field. The second part of the volume, “Fruits of Scholarship,” consists of essays and short studies by IAS scholars, past and present—faculty, members, and visitors; mathematicians, social scientists, and historians—who are engaged in one way or another with the Near and Middle East in their scholarship. Their contributions cover fields such as the ancient Near East and early Islamic history, the Bible and the Qurʾān, Islamic intellectual history within and beyond denominational history, Arabic and other Semitic languages and literatures, Islamic religious and legal practices, law and society, the Islamic West, the Ottoman world, Iranian studies, the modern Middle East, and Islam in the West.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0750-2, Hardback: $248.00; Sale Price: $198.40 (You Save: $49.60)

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 (this volume is not discounted)


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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!

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