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.
Biography of a Dream Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 283
ISBN: 9781463242435
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts
Description:
The biblical apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation are, for better or worse, polarizing. Interpreters have long read and searched these books for clues about how their worlds will "end," which each new interpreter promising to have "unlocked" how Daniel and Revelation work together to uncover a divine plan for prophetic fulfillment. Redding uses the Vision of the Fourth Beast from Daniel 7 as a case study to consider how interpretations of texts take on lives of their own, eventually wedding interpretation with text and prompting the question: what even is a text?
Orthodox New Testament Textual Scholarship Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 225
ISBN: 9781463242671
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts and Studies
Description:
The present study represents the first attempt to expand the methodological and practical framework of textual scholarship on the Greek New Testament from an Orthodox perspective. Its focus is on the Antoniades edition of 1904, commonly known as the Patriarchal Edition. The examination of the creation and reception of this edition shows that its textual principles are often misrepresented.
Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Fashioning of Creation Cover Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Fashioning of Creation Cover
Format: 
Pages: 452
ISBN: 9781463244132
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts from Christian Late Antiquity
Pages: 452
ISBN: 9781463243869
Pub Date: 28 Apr 2022
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts from Christian Late Antiquity
Description:
The long memra translated here in this volume presents the seven parts of the homily on Creation in a single volume.
Masorah 1 Kings Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781463206031
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2021
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.
Emerging Horizons. 21st Century Approaches to the Study of Midrash Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 159
ISBN: 9781463243654
Pub Date: 30 Oct 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Judaism in Context
Description:
The chapters in Emerging Horizons: 21st Century Approaches to the Study of Midrash pertain to an intriguing midrash that appears in a Masoretic context, the Qur’anic narrative of the red cow, midrashic narratives that rabbinise enemies of Israel, the death of Moses, emotions in rabbinic literature, and yelammedenu units in midrashic works.
The Two-Edged Sea Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781463243722
Pub Date: 29 Oct 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: The Modern Muslim World
Description:
The boat journey is central to the narrative of Mediterranean migration of the undocumented. The boat itself is flimsy, fragile, unstable, and easily breakable. It is trifling and insubstantial.
Journal of Language Relationship 19/1-2 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 163
ISBN: 9781463243982
Pub Date: 14 Oct 2021
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.
Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 21 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 119
ISBN: 9781463243968
Pub Date: 14 Oct 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies
Description:
A refereed journal published annually by the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies.
The Earrings of God Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 291
ISBN: 9781463243593
Pub Date: 13 Oct 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Perspectives on Philosophy and Religious Thought
Description:
Life is full of absurdities, and human misperception of such absurdities leads to a state of unrest and fear that require meaning and direction for a happy life. F. Pasqualino addresses here samples of existential absurdities, and discusses solutions offered: Taoism offers in its paradoxes a natural self-help resource.
Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 161
ISBN: 9781463243555
Pub Date: 05 Oct 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts from Christian Late Antiquity
Description:
Different parts of the Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary are known from the second century onwards. Translations and adaptations into Syriac and other languages also became available from very early centuries. The compilation in the Syriac language was translated into Malayalam in 1925, but an English translation containing the full text did not exist at all.
Ausonius of Rome Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 253
ISBN: 9781463242800
Pub Date: 01 Oct 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics
Description:
The present volume describes the rich and complex world in which Ausonius (c. 310-395) lived and worked, from his humble beginnings as a schoolteacher in Bordeaux, to the heights of his influence as quaestor to the Emperor Gratian, at a time of unsettling social and religious change. As a teacher and poet Ausonius adhered to the traditions of classical paideia, standing in contrast to the Fathers of the Church, e.
The Theology of ‘Ammār al-Basrī Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 314
ISBN: 9781463243616
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies
Description:
ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī (d.c. 850) was the first Christian to write a systematic theology in Arabic, the language of the Muslim rulers of ʿAmmār’s Middle East.
Catena Manuscripts of the Greek New Testament Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781463242602
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Texts and Studies
Description:
The book is a synoptic catalogue of a large class of Greek manuscripts: it describes all pre-seventeenth century copies of the Greek New Testament in which the biblical text is accompanied by commentary. Manuscripts where this commentary consists of combined excerpts (catena) from the works of various authors are described in particular detail. Those that have similar content are grouped together, so that the potential relatives of any given manuscript can be easily identified.
Personal Names in Old Syriac (Edessan Aramaic) Inscriptions and Parchments Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 193
ISBN: 9781463242497
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies
Description:
This book collects systematically all the personal names found in Old Syriac sources in such a way as to enable them to be dealt with from a structural and lexical point of view, and compared with other corpora of Aramaic personal names as well as Hebrew and Arabic names. As far as possible, the personal names of the new finds of unpublished inscriptions discovered recently are included. This study covers all the personal names which are found in the Syriac corpus so far.
Perils of Wisdom Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 404
ISBN: 9781463243784
Pub Date: 10 Aug 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Judaism in Context
Description:
Perils of Wisdom engages the biblical Solomon narrative that appears in the Book of Kings and its reception by Jewish texts from scriptural sources through the traditional commentaries of the Middle Ages. By systematically following the thread of exegesis through biblical, rabbinic, targumic, and medieval Jewish texts, and by examining their interplay with other ancient, Christian, and Islamic treatments of Solomon, Keiter traces the emergence and ascendance of an apologetic image of Solomon that has colored Jewish perceptions of the biblical king ever since.
The Lord God of Gods Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 357
ISBN: 9781463243333
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts
Description:
The investigation of this book into early Jewish experiences of God begins with calls to discard any categorical and definitional approaches to the literature of early Judaism, and several enduring preconceptions about its mysticism and theology (particularly the relegation of its mysticism to particular texts and themes, and the molding of its theology in the image of medieval and post-medieval Jewish and Christian monotheisms). With this abandonment, the symbolic language of early Jewish texts gives sharper contours to a pre-formal theology, a theology in which God and divinity are more subjects of experience and recognition than of propositions. This clarity leads the investigation to the conclusion that early Judaism is thoroughly mystical and experiences a theology which is neither polytheistic, nor monotheistic, but deificational: there is only one divine selfhood, the divinity of “God,” but he shares his selfhood with “gods,” to varying degrees and always at his discretion.