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Mosul and Its Minorities

ISBN: 1-59333-107-X
Luke, once Assistant Governor of Jerusalem for the British Mandate government, hopes "to make these singularly interesting peoples better known to English readers, and to win for them additional sympathy in the difficult times through which they are passing."

The Apology of Aristides on behalf of the Christians

Series: Texts and Studies (First Series) Vol.1, No. 1
ISBN: 1-59333-278-5
The Apology of Aristides is the earliest Christian apologia to have survived in its entirety. It was written as a defense of the new Christian way of life against its many rivals and opponents, and details some of its leading ethical precepts. Long thought to have been lost, this early second-century work was rediscovered in a Syriac translation in a seventh-century manuscript preserved in the monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai. This volume contains not only the standard edition of the Syriac text with critical notes, but also the first English translation and a study of surviving fragments in Greek, which were subsequently identified in the 'Life of Barlaam and Josaphat' (an early Christian reworking of the life of Buddha).

Monks and Monasteries of the Near East

ISBN: 1-59333-276-9
Jules Leroy, the French art expert, spent several months touring the Near East in search of Early Christian remains. During this time he visited most of the monasteries in Egypt, Syria, the Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq.

Zeus: The Glorious Encounters of a Divine Adulterer

ISBN: 0-9627950-5-4
The loves of the Olympian Zeus included countless immortal and mortal women, and one boy. The offspring, such as Apollo, Bacchus, Herakles, Helen of Troy and many others remain legendary. Section II is a 70-page modern debate on sexuality and spirituality.

Gnostic Ethics and Mandaean Origins

ISBN: 1-931956-85-5
In opposition to other leading scholars of the Mandaeans, Yamauchi concludes that the Mandaeans could not have originated before the second century CE. He notes their distinguishing characterisitcs from other Gnostic groups.

American Journal of Ancient History (New Series 3-4, 2004-2005 [2007])

Edited by T. Corey Brennan
ISBN: 978-1-59333-782-7
The continuation of the historic American Journal of Ancient History this volume contains nine articles and comprises the contents of volumes 3 and 4 of the New Series (2004-2005 [2007]).

"Epistolarity" in the First Book of Horace's Epistles

ISBN: 978-1-59333-117-7
De Pretis’s book focuses on the epistolary features of Horace’s First Book of Epistles, reading them from points of view related to the epistolary form: the weight of the addressee; the dialogue between literary genres; the poet's self-representation; temporality; and the power of the author. These issues also pertain to literature as such, since all literature can be regarded, to a certain degree, as "epistolary." But the extent and consistency with which the Epistles explore epistolary aspects, can only be explained in terms of their generic affiliation.

Amurath to Amurath: A Journey Along the Banks of the Euphrates

ISBN: 1-59333-153-3
Gertrude Bell, the well-known explorer and archaeologist, began her extensive travels in the Near East in 1892. In her trips, she surveyed and photographed the areas which she visited and investigated archeological sites.

Six Months in a Syrian Monastery

Being the Record of a Visit to the Head Quarters of the Syrian Church in Mesopotamia with some Account of the Yazidis or Devil Worshippers of Mosul and El Julwah, their Sacred Book
ISBN: 1-59333-152-5
This is an expert description of the Syrian Orthodox Church and all the more important for being practically the only book of its kind, even now. Parry is among the best writers in the genre of ecclesiastical tourism.

The Nestorians or The Lost Tribe

With a New Introduction by H.L. Murre-van den Berg
ISBN: 1-59333-154-1
Grant gives an account of his interactions with the "Nestorians", arguing that they “are indeed the representatives and lineal descendants of the Ten Tribes.” His vivid descriptions of their lives and traditions are a valuable resource on the "Nestorian" Christians in the early 1800s.

The Akītu Festival (hardback)

Religious Continuity and Royal Legitimation in Mesopotamia
ISBN: 1-59333-158-4
The akītu festival is one of the oldest recorded religious festivals in the world, celebrated for several millennia throughout ancient Mesopotamia. Yet, the akītu was more than just a religious ceremony; it acted as a political device to ensure the supremacy of the king, the national god, and his capital city. Using tools of social anthropology and ritual analysis, this book presents a detailed reconstruction of the festival events and its attendant rituals to demonstrate how the festival became a propagandistic tool wielded by the monarchy and ruling classes. The akītu festival demonstrates the effectiveness of religion as a political tool.

Wisdom at Qumran: A Form-Critical Analysis of the Admonitions in 4QInstruction

ISBN: 1-59333-159-2
This study provides background on wisdom forms, the key Qumran sectarian texts, and wisdom studies related to the Dead Sea Scrolls. 4QInstruction includes poetic discourses, hymnic material, and short wisdom sayings and admonitions. A major focus is placed on the admonitions, which are discussed in terms of their structure, wisdom forms, and setting. The admonitions are expressed in biblical wisdom forms, showing a familiarity with and acceptance of traditional Hebrew wisdom, including a focus on traditional themes. Yet, when read from the sectarian perspective, 4QInstruction reinforces the guidelines and theology of the key Dead Sea Scroll documents.

The Land and the Book

Or, Biblical Illustrations drawn from the Manners and Customs, the Scenes and Scenery of the Holy Land
ISBN: 1-59333-130-4
This book is an illustrative description of the Holy Land, with direct references to Biblical passages. It is designed for general and popular reading rather than for the professional student.

The Land of Moab: Travels & Discoveries on the East Side of the Dead Sea & Jordan

ISBN: 1-59333-081-2
The object of Tristram's expedition was a careful examination of the then-contemporary state of a country frequently referred to in the Old Testament, and intimately connected with Jewish history, but which had not been traversed at leisure by any explorer since the fall of the Roman empire.

Life in the Moslem East

ISBN: 1-931956-87-1
Pierre Ponafidine, an Imperial Russian diplomat who served in Ottoman Turkey and Persia, gives a series of studies of certain phases of the life, religion, and customs of people among whom he passed thirty-six years of service.

A Homeric Dictionary For Use in Schools and Colleges

ISBN: 1-59333-027-8
A necessary tool for any student of classics or Homer. A novel feature of the work is the introduction into the text of nearly one hundred and fifty small wood-cut images of various topics.

Demosthenes and the Last Days of Greek Freedom 384-322 BC

ISBN: 1-59333-030-8
This is a reprint of the classical study by Pickard-Cambridge about Greece's most famous political orator, Demosthenes. It deals with his role in the last struggle of the Greeks for freedom against the Macedonian Empire.

Narrative of a Visit to the Syrian [Jacobite] Church of Mesopotamia

ISBN: 1-59333-022-7
Southgate's encounters with the Syriac-speaking Christians of Turkey shed a light on the life and status of this ancient Christian minority.

Nineveh and Its Palaces

The Discoveries of Botta and Layard, Applied to the Elucidation of Holy Writ
ISBN: 1-59333-067-7
The author presents the discoveries of Botta and Layard and applies them to the writings of the Bible. This third edition charts all the discoveries made in the 1800s with chronological tables. The volume contains 273 illustrations.

Extracts from the Ecclesiastical History of John Bishop of Ephesus

ISBN: 1-59333-015-4
Composed in three parts, the book chronicles a critical period in the Syriac Orthodox Church, and represents the greatest literary work by the author. It includes grammatical, historical, and geographical notes in English and German.

S/He Created Them

Feminist Retellings of Biblical Tales
ISBN: 1-59333-057-X
A contemporaneous and religiously meaningful retelling of biblical stories by a feminist who looks at intimate lives of people inhabiting the Bible. She rediscovers a past in which biblical women actively participated and suggests women’s leadership might lead to a better world.

Eighteen Centuries of the Orthodox Greek Church

ISBN: 1-59333-051-0
Using the Seven Ecumenical Councils as backbone, Hore provides the reader with an overview of the Greek Orthodox Church. Writing in an era when the Oxford Movement was reaching a wide array of Anglicans with the forgotten connections with orthodoxy, Hore presents a sympathetic view of Byzantine Christianity. Following the trials and difficulties of the early church after it received imperial approval, a sketch of the Greek Church, including the "separatist" Churches, emerges.

The Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius in Syriac

ISBN: 1-59333-041-3
The Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius of Caesarea, who flourished in the fourth century, has long been considered a landmark in Christian historiography. Written originally in Greek, a Syriac translation appeared during or shortly after the lifetime of the author.

Justinian and Theodora

ISBN: 1-59333-053-7
Browning’s acclaimed biography of this extraordinary and enigmatic couple includes every aspect of imperial administration and policy. It is the story of a peasant's son who becomes emperor and enthrones a dissolute actress beside him.

The Chronicle of Joshua the Stylite

ISBN: 1-59333-014-6
This standard edition of the Chronicle, composed in AD 507, is considered one of the most valuable authorities for the period with which it deals. The manuscript from which the text is derived is a palimpsest copied between 907 and 944.