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The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels

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In 1892, two sisters, identical twins from Scotland, made one of one of most important scriptural discoveries of modern times. Combing the library of St. Catherines Monastery at Mount Sinai, they found a neglected palimpsest: beneath an unpreposessing life of female saints, they detected what remains to this day among the earliest known copies of the Gospels, a version in ancient Syriac , the language spoken by Jesus. The Sisters of Sinai is the enthralling account of how two ladies in middle age and without university degrees uncovered and translated this text, bringing a great biblical treasure to world attention.

Janet Soskice takes us, via the lives of Agnes and Margaret Smith, on a quintessentially Victorian adventure. It is partly a physical journey: when Westerners generally feared to tread in the region, the sisters Smith traversed the Middle East, sleeping in tents, enduring temperamental camels and unscrupulous dragomen, and facing uncertain welcome from monks deceived by earlier travellers. It is also a journey of the mind: in an era when religious faith was under attack, when new discoveries in science and archaeology were rewriting the accepted understanding of the Bibles origins as well as those of humankind, a great contribution to knowledge was made by two whose only natural advantage was an astonishing gift for languages, modern as well as classical. Finally, and most movingly, it is a progress of the human spirit. Unwilling to let their lack of formal training or the disdain and jealousy of male scholars stand in their way, Agnes and Margaret became renowned scriptural authorities, in joyful pursuit of their lifelong passions for adventure and learning. Here, rousingly recounted, is the story of two unlikely and unsung heroines of the continuing effort to discover the Bible as originally written.

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Narrative non-fiction at its fascinating best: to the astonishment of the academic world, two audacious Scottish Victorian ladies make an exciting discovery of an early New Testament manuscript on Mount Sinai.

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In 1892, identical twins Agnes and Margaret Smith discovered what remains to this day among the earliest known copies of the Gospels. Soskice vividly recounts the story of two unlikely and unsung heroines in their effort to discover the Bible as originally written.

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In 1892, two sisters, identical twins, made one of the most important scriptural discoveries of modern times. Combing the library of St. Catherine's monastery at Mount Sinai, they found a palimpsest: beneath a life of female saints, they detected what remains to this day among the earliest known copies of the Gospels, written in ancient Syriac, the language of Jesus.

In this enthralling book, Janet Soskice takes us, via the lives of Agnes and Margaret Smith, on a quintessentially Victorian adventure. It is in part a physical journey: devoted to languages, travel, and their faith, the sisters traverse a Middle East that few Westerners visited, sleeping in tents, enduring temperamental camels and unscrupulous dragomen. But it is also a journey of the mind in an era when science put faith in question, new findings reshaped the understanding of the Bible's creation, and Europeans were rediscovering the East. Finally, and most movingly, it is a journey of the human spirit: unwilling to let their sex or lack of formal training stand in the way, Agnes and Margaret became world-renowned scriptural authorities, living fully through their lifelong passions for adventure and learning. Here, vividly recounted, is the story of two unlikely and unsung heroines of the effort to discover the Bible as originally written.

About the Author

Janet Soskice grew up in western Canada and has lived for some years in England, where she is Professor in Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College. She lectures around the world and is a frequent contributor to radio and television programs.

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Peter Rodgers, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Peter Rodgers)
This fascinating book tells how two remarkable sisters discovered ancient biblical documents and made their way in a world dominated by men. Informative as a textbook. Reads like a novel!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400041336
Subtitle:
How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels
Author:
Soskice, Janet
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
General
Subject:
Lewis, Agnes Smith
Subject:
Gibson, Margaret Dunlop
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Antiquities & Archaeology
Subject:
Church history -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090818
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 PHOTOGRAPHS IN TEXT
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.10x6.30x1.30 in. 1.45 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Narrative non-fiction at its fascinating best: to the astonishment of the academic world, two audacious Scottish Victorian ladies make an exciting discovery of an early New Testament manuscript on Mount Sinai.
"Synopsis" by , In 1892, identical twins Agnes and Margaret Smith discovered what remains to this day among the earliest known copies of the Gospels. Soskice vividly recounts the story of two unlikely and unsung heroines in their effort to discover the Bible as originally written.
"Synopsis" by , In 1892, two sisters, identical twins, made one of the most important scriptural discoveries of modern times. Combing the library of St. Catherine's monastery at Mount Sinai, they found a palimpsest: beneath a life of female saints, they detected what remains to this day among the earliest known copies of the Gospels, written in ancient Syriac, the language of Jesus.

In this enthralling book, Janet Soskice takes us, via the lives of Agnes and Margaret Smith, on a quintessentially Victorian adventure. It is in part a physical journey: devoted to languages, travel, and their faith, the sisters traverse a Middle East that few Westerners visited, sleeping in tents, enduring temperamental camels and unscrupulous dragomen. But it is also a journey of the mind in an era when science put faith in question, new findings reshaped the understanding of the Bible's creation, and Europeans were rediscovering the East. Finally, and most movingly, it is a journey of the human spirit: unwilling to let their sex or lack of formal training stand in the way, Agnes and Margaret became world-renowned scriptural authorities, living fully through their lifelong passions for adventure and learning. Here, vividly recounted, is the story of two unlikely and unsung heroines of the effort to discover the Bible as originally written.

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