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The sisters of Sinai : how two lady adventurers discovered the hidden Gospels

Author: Janet Martin Soskice
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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. Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai, they found a neglected palimpsest: one of the earliest known copies of the Gospels, a version in ancient Syriac, the language spoken by Jesus. This is the account of how two middle-aged ladies without university degrees  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Nonfiction
Named Person: Agnes Smith Lewis; Margaret Dunlop Gibson; Margaret Dunlop Gibson; Agnes Smith Lewis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Martin Soskice
ISBN: 9781400041336 1400041333
OCLC Number: 277201806
Notes: "A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
"Originally published in Great Britain in slightly different form as Sisters of Sinai : how two lady adventurers found the hidden Gospels by Chatto & Windus ... London"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 316 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Cambridge, 13 April 1893 --
The birth and upbringing of the lady Bible-hunters --
The journey to the Nile --
The boat --
The perfect dragoman --
The search for the perfect mate --
Greece --
The estate of marriage --
The Cambridge antiquarian --
Heresy and mortality --
Sinai and von Tischendorf --
The perils of Bible-hunting --
The story von Tischendorf did not tell --
Setting out for Sinai --
The treasure in the dark closet --
The Cambridge party --
The disjoint expedition --
The final falling-out --
The devilish press and the Highland Regiment --
The Cambridge cold shoulder --
A lightning course in text scholarship --
In the company of orientalists --
Burying the hatchet --
Keepers of manuscripts --
Solomon Schechter and the Cairo Genizah --
In Cairo with Schechter --
Castlebrae --
The college's opening --
To the monasteries of the Nitrian Desert --
The active life --
The darkening to war --
Palimpsest.
Responsibility: Janet Soskice.
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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. Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai, they found a neglected palimpsest: one of the earliest known copies of the Gospels, a version in ancient Syriac, the language spoken by Jesus. This is the account of how two middle-aged ladies without university degrees uncovered and translated this text, bringing a treasure to world attention. This quintessentially Victorian adventure is partly a physical journey: when Westerners generally feared to tread in the region, the sisters Smith traversed the Middle East. It is also a journey of the mind: in an era when new discoveries in science and archaeology were rewriting the accepted understanding of the Bible's 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--From publisher description.

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