The Sisters of Sinai

The Sisters of Sinai

How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels

Book - 2009 | 1st American ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400041336
1400041333
Branch Call Number: 920 SOSKICE
Characteristics: xii, 316 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm

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ser_library Nov 08, 2013

well written and reads like an adventure travel story

packed with information about the desert and many other topics

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