Gorgias Press
Founded in 2001 Gorgias Press is an independent academic publisher of books and journals related to history, languages, and religious studies, with specific areas of expertise in the Ancient Near East, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Archaeology, Biblical Studies, Classics, Early Christianity, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Syriac.

Gorgias [GOR-gee-us] Press was originally created by George and Christine Kiraz as a specialty press that could keep up with their research interests. With a background in computational linguistics, George Kiraz envisioned combining cutting-edge technology with humanities research. The new company would be completely online, with no physical storefront, and it would use automation and digital printing technology rather than traditional print runs. With these tools, the press could afford to publish rare and understudied topics that were previously considered unprofitable, and Gorgias soon became known for its pioneering work in language and linguistics, religion, and especially Syriac and Eastern Christianity.
Gorgias’ philosophy of “Publishing for the Sake of Knowledge” rather than profit, attracted a number of new authors, and the press’ areas of interest rapidly began to expand. Today, Gorgias Press publishes 50-60 new titles a year, including monographs, edited volumes, translations, and more, and Gorgias books can be found in academic collections all over the world.
Journal of Language Relationship 20/1-2 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9781463244811
Pub Date: 18 Oct 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Journal of Language Relationship
Description:
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.
The New Testament in Syriac: Peshitta Version Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 522
ISBN: 9781463244798
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
More than one hundred years after the publication of the BFBS volume of the Peshitta NT (1920), a critical edition of the Praxapostolos is still a desideratum. This edition fills the gap for the Corpus Paulinum. It expands the collations of the Scottish scholar John Pinkerton (1882–1916) up to some 60 manuscripts, incl.
ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī's Arabic Apologetics Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9781463244583
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies
Description:
A new English translation of the two apologetic works by the 9th-century East Syrian theologian ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī. The Book of the Proof and The Book of Questions and Answers were written to defend Christian beliefs in the face of Muslim criticism.
1 Maccabees According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781463205850
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Surath Kthob
Description:
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. Forness has translated thetext, 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.
2 Maccabees According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781463205874
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Surath Kthob
Description:
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.
Invitación a la lengua siriaca Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 347
ISBN: 9781463206369
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
A Spanish translation of George Kiraz's popular New Syriac Primer. This fruitful integration of scholarly introduction and practical application provides a primer that is more than a simple grammar or syntactic introduction to the language. Written in a style designed for beginners, Kiraz avoids technical language and strives for a reader-friendly inductive approach.
Isho‛dad of Merv Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 106
ISBN: 9781463242787
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts from Christian Late Antiquity
Description:
Ishoʿdad of Merv’s (fl. 850 AD) Commentary on Daniel provides an important witness to East Syriac exegetical technique. In it Ishoʿdad typically emphasizes an historical reading of the Old Testament above any kind of allegorical, spiritual, or even Christological interpretation.
Maimonides Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 225
ISBN: 9781463243913
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Judaism in Context
Description:
Shalom Sadik interrogates the nature of Maimonides’ religious philosophy through examination of secrets in the philosopher’s Guide for the Perplexed, the role of dialectic in his philosophy, the relationship between natural law and God’s commandments, and the question of free will.
Masorah 2 Kings Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 406
ISBN: 9781463206048
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts and Studies
Description:
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.
Proverbs, Qoheleth and Song of Songs According to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781463239114
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Surath Kthob
Description:
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.
Yemeni Manuscript Cultures in Peril Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 541
ISBN: 9781463242022
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Handbooks
Description:
The most significant and by far largest collections of Zaydi manuscripts are housed by the many public and private libraries of Yemen, an endangered cultural heritage tradition, currently at risk due to the conflict and warfare in Yemen. The contributions brought together in this volume address a wide spectrum of aspects concerning Yemeni manuscript cultures, with some focusing on their history and present state within Yemen and others discussing the collections of manuscripts of Yemeni provenance in Europe and elsewhere.
Jacob of Sarug's Homily Concerning the Red Heifer and the Crucifixion of our Lord Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781463244712
Pub Date: 27 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts from Christian Late Antiquity
Description:
Jacob of Sarug's homily on the red heifer slaughter ritual in Numbers 19. For Jacob, the narrative is a prefigurement of Christ's death and its ability to restore and permanently purify all who enter the church through baptism.
Current Research in Nubian Archaeology Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 141
ISBN: 9781463243937
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Regenerating Practices in Archaeology and Heritage
Description:
Sudan, now split into the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan, boasts a rich cultural heritage that has in recent years become the increasing focus of an international community of archaeologists, anthropologists and historians. This volume brings together papers presented at the Third Sudan Studies Annual Conference, a unique forum for interdisciplinary work.
The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 263
ISBN: 9781463206574
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Judaism in Context
Description:
The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud studies how and in what cultural context the Talmud began to take shape in the scholastic centers of rabbinic Babylonia. Bickart tracks the use of the term tistayem ("let it be promulgated") and its analogs, in contexts ranging from Amoraic disciple circles to Geonic texts, and in comparison with literatures of Syriac-speaking Christians. The study demonstrates increasing academization during the talmudic period, and supports a gradual model of the Talmud's redaction.
On This Day (August) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 305
ISBN: 9781463244439
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: The Armenian Church Synaxarion
Description:
The Armenian Church Synaxarion is a collection of saints’ lives according to the day of the year on which each saint is celebrated. Part of the great and varied Armenian liturgical tradition from the turn of the first millennium, the first Armenian Church Synaxarion represented the logical culmination of a long and steady development of what is today called the cult of the saints. This volume, the first Armenian-English edition, is the eighth of a twelve-volume series - one for each month of the year - and is ideal for personal devotional use or as a valuable resource for anyone interested in saints.
Codex Washingtonianus Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 238
ISBN: 9781463244514
Pub Date: 30 Aug 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts and Studies
Description:
This book investigates the biblical text of Codex Washingtonianus, also called the Freer Gospels, Codex W and GA 032. There are numerous distinctive features in this early and important gospel book, including the differing affiliation of its text in separate sections (known as block mixture). The study examines and evaluates the blocks of text in this manuscript through the extensive application of the technique of quantitative analysis, which sheds light on the textual relationship between Codex Washingtonianus and other gospel manuscripts.