Issue 110
January: 2018

Reading Time: 10 minutes

Dear Friend,

The start of the new year is going well at Gorgias Press. We kicked things off with a successful Ancient Near East book sale and hope that you will be pleased with our History book sale during February. We are also making preparations to run special sales, such as flash sales, throughout the year to bring great deals to you, our valued customers; so stay tuned! Lastly, we are getting ready to exhibit at a new conference this year (more information about this below)!

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 a recently re-released book and information regarding a new conference we're attending.



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 Jesus, the Isaianic ServantJesus, the Isaianic Servant
By Adam W. Day
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0747-2
Hardback: $110.00; Sale Price: $88.00 (You Save: $22.00)


Scholars have long noted the importance of Isaiah in the Gospel of John, though few have focused exclusively on John’s use of Isaiah. The Servant of the Lord from Isaiah has also received much attention over the years, but commentators often only make passing reference to the Servant of the Lord in John. Day provides a systematic analysis of the Isaianic Servant in the Gospel of John.

This volume explores John’s portrait of Jesus in the Gospel of John and argues that John presents Jesus as the Servant of the Lord through his quotations and allusions to Isaiah. Through an analysis of the linguistic and thematic parallels between Isaiah and John, the reader sees the importance of the Servant in John. John shows Jesus to be the Servant who brings salvation to the nations, speaks the words of God, and inaugurates the new exodus, among other parallels. Jesus is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that the Servant would be rejected and lifted up in the accomplishment of his task of bearing sin. John not only shows how Jesus fulfills the role of the Servant, but also picks up on subtle clues throughout Isaiah that the Servant shares in the identity of Yahweh in some way, and utilizes these clues to support Jesus’ explicit claims to be God. While the Servant is not the predominant Christological emphasis, this volume demonstrates that the Servant is an important aspect of Johannine Christology, adding richness and depth to our conception of Jesus’ role and identity.

Image of The Masorah of the Former Prophets in the Leningrad CodexThe Masorah of the Former Prophets in the Leningrad Codex (Vol. 2: Judges)
By David Marcus
ISBN 978-1-4632-0599-7
Hardback: $169.00 (not discounted)


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.



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

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)

Journal of Language Relationship 15/3-4
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.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0754-0, Paperback: $67.00; Sale Price: $53.60 (You Save: $13.40)

Jelena Dimitrijević: Letters from Salonika
By Vladimir D. Bošković

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.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0641-3, Hardback: $95.00; Sale Price: $76.00 (You Save: $19.00)

Back in Print: Gorgias Concise Dictionary!
We are happy to announce that the Gorgias Concise Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary is back in print! When we released the Pocket Gorgias Syriac-English Dictionary this past summer, we initially took the Concise Dictionary out of print because the Pocket Dictionary was intended as a replacement. However, there has been a desire for this book to return, so we positively responed to the requests to do so! Here is the information regarding the Concise Dictionary:

Image of Gorgias Concise Dictionary
Gorgias Concise Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary
By Sebastian P. Brock & George Anton Kiraz
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0224-8
Hardback: $48.00


This Concise Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary is the first two-way dictionary for Syriac and English, and is designed to be both a convenient academic resource for Classical Syriac and a door into the world of Modern Literary Syriac and Kthobonoyo. The 13,000 entries in the Syriac-English section provide a handy and practical tool for reading all but the most specialized Classical Syriac texts. The dictionary contains words and word meanings not found in earlier dictionaries. Technical words from the grammatical and liturgical traditions are marked as such, and Kthobonoyo words and meanings are also marked. Difficult and unusual verb forms, especially weak forms, are listed alphabetically and under their respective root. The English-Syriac section opens up the opportunity for scholars to compose Syriac texts and to participate in modern Syriac liturgies. New uses of classical Syriac are marked, and a short section on Syriac ecclesiastical phrases and etiquette is included, along with an explanation of numbers and dates.

Gorgias Press Attending European Academy of Religion Conference
The first Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion will take place this upcoming March and Gorgias Press will be present! We recently heard about this conference beginning and decided it is a great opportunity to meet potential new authors and to display and sell some of our new books. We look forward to seeing those of you who are attending there!
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