Saturday, August 11, 2007

Recommended Brock-Syriac-Gnostic Books in English

Recommended Brock-Syriac-Gnostic Books in English

Note: Professor Brock is my radio guest, Parts One though Four, during August on Spiritual Awakening Radio. See:

After that, in September will be the Gnostic Series with Gnostic bishop Stephan Hoeller of Ecclesia Gnostica.

-- James

Recommended Brock/Syriac Books in English

"Brock Bundle" from Gorgias Press

Four new books by Syriac scholar Sebastian Brock are now available from Gorgias Press. It includes: The Wisdom of St. Isaac of Nineveh, Select Poems of Ephrem the Syrian, The Bible in the Syriac Tradition, and Introduction to Syriac Studies.

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Also available are other books by Brock including The Hidden Pearl: The Aramaic Heritage, and books of other Syriac Saints translated into English.

Note: Gorgias also has several books on the Mandaean Gnostics of Iraq and Iran.

A List of Other Important, Key Syriac Books -- Various Publishers

The Letters of John of Dalyatha, Translated from Syriac-Aramaic by Mary Hansbury, published by Gorgias Press -- a very important new book on Light-mysticism;

The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life, Sebastian Brock, Cistercian Publications -- an excellent anthology of Syriac mystics and saints, a kind of Syriac "Philokalia" or "Nag Hammadi"-like collection of important texts;

The Book of Common Prayer of the Syrian Church, Bede Griffiths, Gorgias Press;

Daily Readings With....St. Isaac of Syria, Sebastian Brock, Templegate Publishers;

The Luminous Eye -- The Spiritual World Vision of Saint Ephrem the Syrian, Sebastian Brock, Cistercian Publications;

Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles I/II, William Wright, Georg Olms Verlag (Books), contains Acts of Thomas with the Hymn of the Pearl and other hymns, from the Syriac;

A Garland of Hymns from the Early Church, translated from Syriac by Sebastian Brock, St. Athanasius' Coptic Publishing Center, 1989, Mclean, VA USA -- includes some of the Odes of Solomon along with other early psalms;

Other Translations of the Book of the Odes

The Apocryphal Old Testament, edited by H.F.D. Sparks, Claredon Press/Oxford University Press -- contains the best overall complete translation of the Odes to date;

The Odes of Solomon, Wayne Monbleau, Loving Grace Ministries, New Jersey -- uses the J. Rendel Harris translation;

Also see: The Odes of Solomon, translated by James H. Charlesworth;