The Sisters of Sinai

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 18, 2009 - History - 304 pages
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Agnes and Margaret Smith were not your typical Victorian scholars or adventurers. Female, middle-aged, and without university degrees 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 female—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.

 

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

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This book actually tells not one but several stories: the grueling feat of undertaking Victorian-era Middle Eastern travel, especially for well-born ladies; the theological and cultural misgivings ... Read full review

Contents

Europe and the Near East in 1S85
1
Cambridge ij April 189
3
The Birth and Upbringing of the Lady BiblcHuntcrs
7
j The Journey to the Nile
22
The Boat
26
The Perfect Dragoman
35
The Search for the Perfect Mate
51
Greece
58
The Cambridge Cold Shoulder
185
A Lightning Course in Text Scholarship
191
In the Company ot Orientalists
200
2j Burying the Hatchet
204
Keepers of Manuscripts
214
Solomon Schcchtcr and the Cairo Gcnizab
220
In Cairo with Schcchtcr
230
Castlebrae
238

The Estate of Marriage
64
The Cambridge Antiquarian
78
Heresy and Mortality
91
Sinai and von Tischendorf
99
The Perils of BibleHunting
103
j The Story von Tischendorf Did Not Tell
109
Setting Out for Sinai
114
The Treasure in the Dark Closet
122
The Cambridge Party 154
134
The Disjoint Expedition
143
The Final FallingOut
167
The Devilish Press and the Highland Regiment
174
The Colleges Opening
248
To the Monasteries of the Nitrian Desert
251
The Active Life
255
The Darkening to War
264
j2 Palimpsest
271
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278
Acknowledgements
281
A Note on Sources
282
Notes 285
283
Select Bibliography 301
300
Index
305
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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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