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Texts from Christian Late Antiquity

TeCLA (Texts from Christian Late Antiquity) is a series presenting ancient Christian texts both in their original languages and with accompanying contemporary English translations.

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Isho‛dad of Merv: Commentary on Daniel

Commentary on Daniel
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4278-7
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. Most notable is Ishoʿdad’s belief that the Maccabees fulfilled several of the visions described in the book of Daniel, even including the Heavenly Kingdom of Daniel chapters 2, 7, and 8, and the physical resurrection of Daniel 12. These interpretations dramatically depart from most eastern and western commentators who considered Daniel’s visions to portend the rise of the Roman Empire and the advent of Christ. Ishoʿdad’s commentary is translated here into English for the first time.
$95.00 $66.50

The Law Code of Īshōʿyahb I, Patriarch of the Church of the East

Edited and Translated by Amir Harrak
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4434-7
The law code of Īshōʿyahb I, Patriarch of the Church of the East, addressing issues of Church and civil law, on topics such as Church administration (priestly conduct, rankings, and ordinations), legal matters for the general population (on wills, marriage, vows, lending at interest, and swearing), and on matters of liturgy (sanctification, sacred oil, and the Sunday as the Lord's day).
$39.00 $27.30

The Stanzaic Poems of Jacob of Serugh

A Collection of His Madroshe and Sughyotho
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4430-9
Although the verse homilies of Jacob of Serugh are well known to lovers of Syriac literature, his stanzaic poetry, in the form of madroshe and sughyotho, have been largely forgotten. This volume contains twenty-five poems preserved in their complete form and attributed to Jacob in old manuscripts of the sixth/seventh to ninth/tenth century preserved today in the British Library, but largely originating from Deir al-Surian in Egypt.
$59.00 $41.30

The Life of Theodotus, Bishop of Amida (d. 698)

Sanctity and Liminality on the Frontier Between Byzantium and Islam
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4409-5
The Life of Theodotus of Amida is that rare thing: a securely dated eye-witness account of life under Arab Muslim rule in the first century of Islam, and one of the few extant texts from seventh-century North Mesopotamia. It is imbued with local color and contemporary detail, revealing an intimate knowlredge of the terrain, its inhabitants and officialdom, as well as the precariousness of the lives of those living in the borderlands between the Byzantine and Islamic empires.
$75.00 $60.00

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Love of God towards Humanity and of the Just towards God

Edited and Translated by Dominique Sirgy
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4432-3
Jacob of Sarug's homily chronicles the unravelling of God's love in sacred history and the inability of humankind to return God's love and grace.
$28.00 $19.60

In Search of the True Religion

Monk Jurjī and Muslim Jurists Debating Faith and Practice
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4394-4
In the thirteenth-century, a debate transpired over the course of several days between a monk named Jurjī and several Muslims jurists in the city of Aleppo. This debate represents a careful and sophisticated example of a literary genre that had been developing among the Christians living under Islamic rule since the seventh century. The immense popularity of this work is demonstrated by the sheer volume of surviving manuscripts, which number around hundred. This volume provides a critical edition and translation of the text.
$65.00 $52.00

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on Aaron the Priest

Translation and Introduction by Kristian S. Heal
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4427-9
Jacob of Sarug's homily on Aaron the Priest, focusing on the period leading up to and including the death of Aaron described in Numbers 20:22–29.
$32.00 $22.40

A Description of the Prayers by Patriarch Ignatius Bar Wahib

Edited and Translated by Fr. Baby Varghese
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4404-0
An edition and English translation of the "Description of the Prayers", one of the few extant works by Ignatius V Bar Wahib (Patriarch of Antioch from 1293-1333). The text has been taken from a manuscript of the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, copied in 1915 from a manuscript of the Konat Library. The treatise offers a description of the external aspects of the canonical prayers, including washing and prostration.
$30.00 $21.00

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Fashioning of Creation

Edited and Translated by Edward G Mathews Jr
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4386-9
The long memra translated here in this volume presents the seven parts of the homily on Creation in a single volume.
$59.40 $41.58

Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Translated from Syriac to Malayalam by Rev. Fr. Kuriyakos Pallikkapparambil (1926 AD); Translated from Malayalam to English by Sarah Knight; With a Foreword by Sebastian P. Brock
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4355-5
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. This gap has been filled now by this work. Sebastian Brock’s Foreword gives important information on the background and authenticity of the different sources that form the basis of the text. This biography is unique in that it brings together some very early accounts of the birth of Mary, the birth of Jesus, the flight into Egypt, and most importantly, the very rare account of the ‘Dormition’ or ‘falling asleep’ of the Blessed Mother.
$55.00

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on Edessa and Jerusalem

Edited and Translated by Jonathan Loopstra
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4335-7
Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains his homily on Edessa and Jerusalem. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.
$35.00 $24.50

The Life of Simeon of the Olives

An entrepreneurial saint of early Islamic North Mesopotamia
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4346-3
The first ever critical edition and complete translation of the Syriac Life of Saint Simeon of the Olives, who was an abbot of Qartmin Monastery in Tur Abdin and a bishop of the city of Harran in the late seventh and early eighth century AD.
$50.00 $35.00

Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on the Six Days of Creation (The Seventh Day)

The Seventh Day
Edited and Translated by Edward G Mathews Jr
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4344-9
In this final installment of the long Homily 71, On the Six Days of Creation, Jacob treats the events of the seventh day.
$28.00 $19.60

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on Samson

Edited with Notes and Introduction by Mary T. Hansbury; Translated by Dana Miller
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4290-9
Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains his homily on Samson. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.
$38.00

Jacob of Sarug's Homilies on Paul

On the Conversion of the Apostle Paul and a Second Homily on Paul the Apostle
Translation and Introduction by Raju Parakkott; Edited with Notes and Introduction by Mary T. Hansbury
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4273-2
Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains two of his homilies on Paul. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.
$33.00 $23.10

George, Bishop of the Arabs

Homily on the Consecration of Myron
Translated by Fr. Baby Varghese
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0731-1
George was one of the last scholarly Syrian Orthodox bishops to live in the early Islamic period. His metrical homily, probably composed to be sung during the consecration of the Myron, is presented here with the vocalised Syriac text and English translation on facing pages.
$35.00 $24.50

Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on the Six Days of Creation (The Sixth Day)

The Sixth Day
Edited and Translated by Edward G Mathews Jr
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4211-4
In this sixth installment of the long Homily 71, On the Six Days of Creation, Jacob treats the events of the sixth day.
$38.50 $26.95

Jacob of Sarug's Homilies on Jacob

On Jacob’s Revelation at Bethel and On our Lord and Jacob, on the Church and Rachel and on Leah and the Synagogue
Translated by Dana Miller; Edited with Notes and Introduction by Mary T. Hansbury
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4189-6
Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains two of his homilies on Jacob. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s Complete Homilies of Saint Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.
$38.00

The History of John the Son of Zebedee

Introduction, Texts and Translations
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4075-2
Many stories and legends about John the son of Zebedee have survived from antiquity. He was known as one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, as the “Beloved Disciple” and author of the Gospel of John, and even as the recipient of the divine revelation in the Apocalypse. Later traditions, such as the Greek Acts of John, told of how John traveled to Ephesus and converted people to Christianity. John was an important figure to Catholic Christians, to Gnostic Christians, and to Manichaeans. He also found a distinct place among Syriac Christians who preserved their own story about John’s acts in Ephesus. William Wright first introduced the History of John in 1871 using two manuscript witnesses. Since then, more witnesses have been discovered, but little work has been done on this native Syriac apocryphon. The present volume brings together all of the known Syriac witnesses to the History of John with a new translation and includes, for the first time, a critical discussion of the history, provenance, and importance of this text for the study of Syriac Christianity and Christian Apocrypha more generally.
$114.95

The Law Code of Simeon, Bishop of Rev-Ardashir

Edited and Translated by Amir Harrak
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4134-6
The Law Code of Simeon of Rev-Ardashir, originally written in Persian, was translated into Syriac by a monk of Bēṭ-Qatrāyē. The Code's author, possibly to be identified with a rebellious metropolitan mentioned in the letters of Patriarch Īšoʿ-yahb III, aims to clarify theoretical scriptural law, and to address specific cases of inheritance law.
$48.40 $33.88

Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on the Six Days of Creation (The Fifth Day)

The Fifth Day
Edited and Translated by Edward G Mathews Jr
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4117-9
In this fifth installment of the long Homily 71, On the Six Days of Creation, Jacob treats of the events of the fifth day, the creation from the waters of the various species of fish and reptiles, as well as the assorted types of birds and other winged creatures. God created them all in wisdom and in love, prepared everything that they would need and endowed them with the natural characteristics required for their particular type of life. Jacob highlights the fact that the creation of these animals on the fifth day to inhabit the land and water separated on the third day is a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ.
$38.50 $26.95

Homily 33 on the Sanctification of the Church

Edited and Translated by Amir Harrak
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0552-2
Narsai’s memra 33 is made of 12 by 12 syllables, and its title “On the Sanctification of the Church” suggests that it was written for the feast of the Dedication of the Church celebrated by the Church of the East to this day on the first of November. The memra names the Church of the Nations the Bride of the Bridegroom Christ. The Church had a pagan origin but Christ chose her to become his bride. He thus saved her through his suffering, cleansed her with baptism, prepared the bridal feast for her through the Eucharist, and crowned her victory over all the nations.
$53.00 $37.10

Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on the Six Days of Creation (The Fourth Day)

The Fourth Day
Edited and Translated by Edward G Mathews Jr
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3912-1
In this fourth installment of the long Homily 71, On the Six Days of Creation, Jacob treats of the events of the fourth day, the creation of the spheres of light over the earth: the sun to rule over the day, and the moon and the stars to rule over the night.
$38.50 $26.95

The Commentary of Gabriel of Qatar on the East Syriac Morning Service on Ordinary Days

Text, Translation, and Discussion
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3924-4
This volume provides a study and an original edition and translation from Syriac into English of Discourse Two of Gabriel of Qatar's liturgical commentary, written in the first half of the seventh century.
$96.80 $67.76

Jacob of Sarug's Additional Homilies on Good Friday

Translation and Introduction by Edward G Mathews Jr
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0752-6
Two homilies by Jacob of Sarug on Good Friday, one of which has only survived in Armenian translation.
$49.50 $34.65