New in Paperback: Kiraz's Comparative Edition of the Syriac Gospels
- Gorgias Press announces the following 4-volume set which just came out of the press ...About the BookThe three surviving versions of the Gospels in Syriac are of considerable importance both for Biblical and for Semitic Studies. The Old Syriac, preserved in two manuscripts, is one of the earliest translations of the Greek Gospels; the Peshitta remains to this day the official Bible of the Syriac Churches, while the harklean is a masterpiece of mirror-translation. This new edition conveniently provides for the first time the text of all three versions together. The texts of the two Old Syriac manuscripts, the Peshitta and the harklean are drawn from the best sources and have been carefully aligned so that their inter-relationship can immediately be seen and studied. The volumes, which include the first edition of the harklean Gospels for some 200 years (prepared by Dr. Andreas Jückel), will prove an invaluable resource for both Biblical and for Semitic scholarship.Praise for the First Edition (1996)The result is lucid, uncluttered presentation of the Syriac versional traditions Kiraz has a knack for identifying lacunae in scholars tools and then filling them efficiently and elegantly. Having already immortalized his name with his Concordance to the Syriac NT, he now offers us these magnificent volumes. We are fortunate to live in an age when there is a George Kiraz to provide us with such superb tools. William L. Petersen, Pennsylvania State UniversityReview in Journal of Biblical Literature, 118 (1999), pp. 176-178The publication of these four volumes, for which the editor adopts the abbreviation CESG, is one of the great happenings of 1996. Not only the author but also the publisher deserve the gratitude of the scholarly world for this splendid magnum opus. It deserves a place in the libraries of all universities and theological departments and it cannot be missed in the personal libraries of students and scholars who are interested in the areas of Syriac studies and the Syriac versions in particular. T. Baarda, Free University, AmsterdamReview in Novum Testamentum, 39 (1997), pp. 405-412A timely and extremely useful tool The publication of the CESG marks a significant milestone in the development of up-to-date and reliable research tools for the textual study of the Syriac Gospels. Carmel McCarthyReview in Journal of Semitic Studies, 43 (1998), pp. 185-186Kiraz, inspired by Oxford Syriacist Sebastian P. Brock, has greatly facilitated the comparative task [of the Syriac versions] by producing an edition of the Syriac Gospels that aligns their text in such a way that verbal comparison is relatively easy. Richard A. TaylorReview in Bibliotheca Sacra, 156/621 (1999)George Anton Kiraz holds a master's degree in Syriac Studies (Oxford), a master's degree in computer speech and language processing (Cambridge), and a Ph.D. in computational linguistics (Cambridge). His publications include Computer-Generated Concordance to the Syriac New Testament volumes 1-6 (E.J. Brill, Leiden).Order Information:Online orders: www.gorgiaspress.comFax orders: +1 732 699 0342Phone Orders: +1 732 699 0343Address: Gorgias Press, 46 Orris Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA. Email: orders@....
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