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[free read online] The Sisters of Sinai How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels by Janet Martin Soskice

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E feared to tread in the Middle East they slept in tents and endured temperamental camels unscrupulous dragomen and suspicious monks to become unsung heroines in the continuing effort to discover the Bible as originally written From the Trade Paperback editio. This is an amazing book It is well written and an excellent read I had never even heard of these sisters Agnes Lewis Margaret Gibson Their lives were exciting and their scholarly contributions on the highest of levels According to sources they were fluent in 12 languages including Hebrew Greek Syriac Arabic In the mid and late 1800 s they traveled Egypt Sinai 5 6 times without their husbands unbelievable They made friends with the monks at the St Catherine s Monastery in the Sinai desert and were able to find one of the oldest accounts of the Gospels on a palimpsest and went on to translate it On a later visit with a Jewish friend Schecter they helped him gain access to a genizah of the oldest and most complete medieval Jewry accounts They had exercise ropes installed in the ceiling of their home Castlebrae and were very physically fit They funded Westminster College Cambridge They often bought up property and let it out for miniscule amounts to those in need Their stamina and intellect are jaw dropping Wow how impressive their lives were Trial of a Feminizer palimpsest and went on to translate it On a later visit with a Jewish friend Schecter they helped him gain access to a genizah of the oldest and most complete medieval Jewry accounts They had exercise ropes installed in the ceiling of their home Castlebrae and were very The Breach of Crowns physically fit They funded Westminster College Cambridge They often bought up Icebergs property and let it out for miniscule amounts to those in need Their stamina and intellect are jaw dropping Wow how impressive their lives were

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

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year A Washington Post Best Book of the Year A Library Journal Best Book of the Year Agnes and Margaret Smith were not your typical Victorian scholars or adventurers Female middle aged and without university degree. Back when I was an undergraduate I spent two years living in the Colony the sprawl of buildings owned by Clare College at the foot of Castle Hill The central building of the complex is a late Victorian mansion called Castlebrae which had the following inscription on a plaue in the front hallThis house was originally the home of DR AGNES SMITH LEWIS 1843 1926 and DR MARGARET DUNLOP GIBSON 1843 1920 Inseparable twins tireless travellers distinguished Arabic Syriac scholarsLampada Tradam Let me hand on the torchI never went much to Castlebrae but was always intrigued by the plaue and hope that some day I would find out the story behind it Thanks to Janet Soskice s book I now know much the Smith sisters Agnes and Margaret born in Scotland and fabulously rich developed a strong interest in the roots of ancient scripture and had the means motivation and ability to cultivate the monks of St Catherine s monastery in Sinai where in 1892 they discovered a palimpsest which contained the oldest Syriac text of the Gospels known today Then in 1896 they alerted Jewish scholars to the existence of the Cairo Genizah which is still being transcribed in Cambridge to this day For these efforts the University of Cambridge gave them no official recognition at all it was not until 1921 that women were even awarded degrees for which they had ualified and not until 1948 that they were given formal euality with men in the university They also founded Westminster College which nestles at the corner of Madingley Road Janet Soskice has made it a fascinating story of women infiltrating the intellectual establishment granted rich women who had no children and no need to actually work in the social and geopolitical context of the day Strongly recommended

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

S or formal language training the twin sisters nevertheless made one of the most important scriptural discoveries of their time the earliest known copy of the Gospels in ancient Syriac the language that Jesus spoke In an era when most Westerners male or femal. The Sisters of Sinai is a book about the Codex palimpsestus Sanaiticus No wait Don t turn the page The story of the discovery of this earliest version of the four Gospels in Syraic early 4th century and the painstaking work of bringing it to the notice of the academic world of Biblical study is an adventure story To read the rest of my review go to my blog at


10 thoughts on “The Sisters of Sinai How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels

  1. says:

    Back when I was an undergraduate I spent two years living in the Colony the sprawl of buildings owned by Clare College at the foot of Castle Hill The central building of the complex is a late Victorian mansion called Castlebrae which had the following inscription on a plaue in the front hallThis house was originally the home of DR AGNES SM

  2. says:

    In one sense this is a charming tale of two sisters whose passion for 'truth' led them to learn ancient languages travel through deserts negot

  3. says:

    This book was a rare surprise for me I don't normally read history or adventure or biblical textual criticsm but this book contains elements of each This is the TRUE story of twin sisters Agnes and Margaret who lived during the second half of the 19th century They were born in Scotland and raised Presbyterian Due to Providence who is an un

  4. says:

    Agnes and Margaret what a pair I had read a good review of this book in the New York Times months ago but never bought it When my good friend the Rev Mary Earle recommended it and lent it to me I was really looking forward t

  5. says:

    Enthralling Educational Entertaining Absolutely amazing I'm gobsmacked really wishing I could travel back in time and journey with these extraordinary ladies Goes to show whatever it is you desire to do if you refuse to let gender or

  6. says:

    The Sisters of Sinai is a book about the Codex palimpsestus Sanaiticus No wait Don't turn the page The story of the discovery of this earliest version of the four Gospels in Syraic early 4th century and the painstaking work of bringing it to the notice of the academic world of Biblical study is an adventure story To read the rest of my review go to my blog at

  7. says:

    Wonderful read for someone who is a an armchair traveler and enjoys tales of Biblical history Two Scottish Victorians take off for the Sinai cope with sand and camels charm the reclusive monks at St Catherine's Monastery and manage to be credited for their discovery although male scholars are sniffing around and trying t

  8. says:

    Agnes and Margaret Smith were born into wealth allowing them to adventure unencumbered by practical concerns but fortuitously for the twins their father had a remarkably progressive outlook on childrearing for a mid nineteenth centu

  9. says:

    This is an amazing book It is well written and an excellent read I had never even heard of these sisters Agnes Lewis Margaret Gibson Their lives were exciting and their scholarly contributions on the highest of levels According to sources they were fluent in 12 languages including Hebrew Greek Syriac Arabic In the mid and

  10. says:

    I can't say enough about these two extraordinary women who not typical Victorian and not college educated becau

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