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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

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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 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 unseen but very real character in the story they end up inheriting a fortune Women were not permitted to attend university in Victorian England but this did not stop the twins They were self taught especially gifted in languages They also loved to travelAlthough each was married for three years before becoming widowed the twins spent most of their lives together On a journey to St Catherine s monastery on Sinai Agnes discovered a manuscript of all four gospels in Syriac a form of Aramaic the language Jesus spoke which pre dated anything known at that time She steamed the pages apart over a camp kettle and photographed them Upon her return to Cambridge she showed the prints to professors in paleography and linguistics It was the real deal and soon another trip to Sinai is planned this time with three Cambridge scholars in towThe twins had an amazing life hunting down ancient manuscripts in Cairo Jerusalem and Sinai They learned translation and editing They wrote volumes of books and gave lectures All along they take note of a Greater Providence at work in their lives Sometimes the twins Presbyterianism bumped up against the Greek monks sacramentalism Here too the twins grew in their understanding of other branches of Christendom The author keeps the story moving She does not get bogged down in detail yet you can tell the book was meticulously researched

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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

  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 negotia

  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 liv

  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 to readi

  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 age or naysayers or inconveniences keep you from following your dreams you can accomplish amazing things Superbly written in accessibly intelligent language Soskice has penned a delightfully fascinating book e

  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 th

  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 cred

  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 century Scotsman John Smith supported his daughters’ education—unusual for the t

  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 the

  10. says:

    I can't say enough about these two extraordinary women who not typical Victorian and not college educated because women were denied college entrance in the 1800s mastered French German Italian Spanish along with Arabic Greek Hebrew and Syriac traveled by camel slept in tents unaccompanied to the Middle East six times the first time in 1868 discovering in 1893 at Mount Sinai in Egypt an ancient manuscript of the Four Gospels written in anti

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