Syriac news: New releases by Gorgias Press

I received the following email from George Kiraz and pass it along for the benefit of all.

Dear Christian,

I am writing to introduce you to some of Gorgias Press’s academic publishing programs. At the last SBL meeting, we released ca. 65 new titles, some of which are listed below under my signature. During the past nine months, we refined our acquisitions and production processes in order to meet scholarly needs, and release books very efficiently within months.

During this holiday season, we are running a 40% sale on all books. This is the perfect time to get any Gorgias book at a discount. If you would like to learn about new releases, I encourage you to sign up here. You can opt out any time.

You can download our most recent PDF catalog where you can see a list of special sale items at up to 60% discount.

Please find below some of the titles we released for SBL, as well as information on how to submit your work for publication. If you have a publication project, please write to us at


George A. Kiraz, President

Gorgias Press
180 Centennial Ave., Suite #3
Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
Tel. +1 732-885-8900
Fax. +1 732-885-8908

Some of the Titles Released for SBL

A Syriac Lexicon by By Michael Sokoloff
ISBN 978-1-60724-620-6, $149.50

The second edition of Carl Brockelmann’s Lexicon Syriacum, published in 1928, is the best dictionary of Syriac ever written. However, its Latin language and the ordering of words according to triliteral Semitic roots make its use difficult for most students and scholars. This revised edition by Sokoloff renders meanings in English, arranges words alphabetically, and includes many useful tools on a CD.

Qumran through (Real) Time by By Robert Cargill
ISBN 978-1-60724-058-7, $82 (Your price $49.20)

This book proposes a new occupation model for the remains of Khirbet Qumran, the site associated with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Using the latest in virtual reality technology, the author reconstructs the site of Qumran and demonstrates that the site was initially built as a Hasmonean fortress, and was later expanded into a residence for a self-sufficient community responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls.

A Palimpsest: Rhetoric, Ideology, Stylistics, and Language Relating to Persian Israel, Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi, Diana Edelman, and Frank Polak
> ISBN 978-1-60724-584-1, $121.16 (Your price $72.70)

A collected-essays volume that explores what we can learn by looking into the matters of language, rhetoric, style, and ideology about the producers and readers of biblical books. Contributors include P. Guillaume, J-D Macchi, R. Rezetko, D. Rom-Shiloni, F. Stavrakopoulou, I. Young and the three editors.

Dischronology and Dialogic in the Bible’s Primary Narrative by David Bergen
ISBN 978-1-60724-105-8, $105 (Your price $63.00)

How ought the Bible to be read? A dialogical struggle between Moses and God results in the publication of a lawbook within the storyworld. Observing how characters read this lawbook, the reader uncovers a surprising answer to this hermeneutical question.

The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Sanandaj by Geoffrey Khan
ISBN 978-1-60724-134-8, $158.12 (Your price $94.87)

This volume presents a description of the Neo-Aramaic dialect that was spoken by the Jews of Sanandaj in western Iran, but which is now virtually extinct. The material for the volume was gathered firsthand in fieldwork conducted with the last remaining speakers in Israel. The volume consists of a detailed grammatical description, a corpus of transcribed texts, including folktales, historical accounts and portrayals of customs, and an extensive glossary.

In the Wake of Tikva Frymer-Kensky Edited by Steven Holloway, JoAnn Scurlock, and Richard Beal
ISBN 978-1-59333-977-7, $111.32 (Your price $66.79)

This volume consists of 14 papers delivered by Assyriologists and biblical specialists at the 2007 Society of Biblical Literature congress in sessions devoted to the scholarly legacy of the late Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Two Sides of a Coin: Juxtaposing Views on Interpreting the Book of the Twelve / the Twelve Prophetic Books by Ehud Ben Zvi and James D. Nogalski; Introduction by Thomas Römer
ISBN 978-1-60724-303-8, $29 (Your price $17.40)

A conversation between James D. Nogalski and Ehud Ben Zvi on the question of The Twelve and its implications for the historically oriented study of the prophetic books in the Hebrew Bible and for the reconstruction of the intellectual history of ancient Israel.

Enlivening the Past by J. Jayakiran Sebastian
ISBN 978-1-60724-103-4, $102.92 (Your price $61.75)

This collection of essays offers an innovative exploration by an Asian theologian of various issues and themes that engaged the early teachers of faith, with a special focus on their ongoing relevance to Christian theological discourse and praxis today.

Psychology of Prophecy in Early Christianity by Alan Humm
ISBN 978-1-60724-618-3, $114.68 (Your price $68.81)

Dr. Humm tries to identify the psychological states associated with early Christian prophecy in the context of the Greco-Roman world. Reviewing (generally) Christian reports, he tries to classify them following a set of generally observable practices and claimed mental states.

Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Veil on Moses’ Face, Translation and Introduction by Sebastian Brock
ISBN 978-1-59333-644-8, $50 (Your price $30.00)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homily, The Veil on Moses’ Face. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.

Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on Elijah, Translation and Introduction by Stephen Kaufman
ISBN 978-1-59333-942-5, $88 (Your price $52.80)

This volume gives a bilingual Syriac-English edition of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies on Elijah. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume constitutes a fascicle of Gorgias’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug.

Fatima, Daughter of Muhammad by Christopher Clohessy
ISBN 978-1-59333-979-1, $113.24 (Your price $67.94)

This work, based almost entirely on the primary Arabic texts of Sunnî and Shîca Islam, offers a fresh examination of the life of Fatima, Muhammad’s only surviving child, and reveals for the first time her distinctive and fascinating personality.

Speaking on the Brink of Sheol by Bryan Cribb, Foreword by Daniel Block
ISBN 978-1-60724-671-8, $123.44 (Your price $74.06)

A groundbreaking form critical study of a previously unidentified Old Testament genre, the death story. By modifying traditional methodology, the work forges new paths in form criticism, while also providing exegetical insights into these important biblical accounts.

Bardaisan of Edessa: A Reassessment of the Evidence and a New Interpretation by Ilaria Ramelli
ISBN 978-1-60724-074-7, $128.24 (Your price $76.94)

This comprehensive study offers a critical, comparative analysis of the sources available on Bardaisan and a reinterpretation of his thought. In this connection, special attention is paid to many parallels with Origen, to the possible relationship between Origen, Bardaisan, and their schools, and to the implications of the valuable fragments preserved by Porphyry.

Further Biblical Hebrew by Fiona Blumfield
ISBN 978-1-59333-948-7, $123.56 (Your price $74.14)

This is a coursebook for intermediate – advanced students of Biblical Hebrew. Constant reference is made to modern reference grammars and to the grammatical comments of medieval Jewish exegetes. All exercises are based on actual Biblical verses, with translations and explanations throughout.

For additional titles, go to the Gorgias Just Published page.

Call for Submissions

The Gorgias acquisitions team is seeking submissions in the form of monographs, textbooks, and reference works. Our production workflow has been perfected using automation technology. We are able to get your book out within months rather than years without jeopardizing quality. Our editorial team consists of scholars in the field and is author friendly. All submissions are subject to internal editorial review as well as peer review to ensure quality. Ph.D. dissertations are welcomed provided that they are revised to meet monograph requirements. To submit a work for publication, please send an email, a summary, and sample chapters (or the entire work) in electronic format to

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