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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:   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
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"--T.p. 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"--T.p. verso.
Description: xii, 316 p. : ill., 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, 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  Read more...

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