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

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


By (author) Janet Soskice

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  • Publisher: Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
  • Format: Paperback | 316 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 18mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 24 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Colorado
  • ISBN 10: 1400034744
  • ISBN 13: 9781400034741
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 306,492

Product description

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 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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Author information

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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"Marvelous. . . . [A] fine, fascinating account." --"Los Angeles Times" ""The Sisters of Sinai" is a bracing and moving book . . . a reminder of the ardor, hardship and energy invested in the pursuit of knowledge in that endlessly inquiring and industrious Victorian age." --"The""New York Times Book Review" "Luminous. . . . By turns a rattling adventure yarn . . . and a testament to the power of perseverance." --"The Washington Post Book World " "Sets the extraordinary life of two plucky women . . . against a backdrop of swashbuckling Bible hunters, racing each other around the world to find the latest clue in the mystery of how the Bible was first written." --"Denver Post " "You don't need to follow a particular religion to become engrossed in this enthralling narrative. "The Sisters of Sinai" is a tale of grand adventure and far-flung travels, and it proves appealing even on that level. Soskice is so adept at making a rarefied subject accessible and vivid that the narrative seems almost cinematic. If the heroines hadn't been identical twins, in a film adaptation Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith would be brilliantly cast in the lead roles." --"The Christian Science Monitor"" ""A combination travelogue, mystery story, adventure narrative, and accounting of the rivalries which beset scholars of major universities in Britain toward the end of the 19th century. . . . [Soskice] catches the 'feel' of the era and brings these forgotten scholars to life." --"Charleston Gazette " "We compliment some non-fiction books by saying they read like novels, but "The Sisters of Sinai" reads better than a novel. Filled with tales of derring-do, arcane knowledge, persistence in the face of extraordinary odds, and the acquiring of and preservation of priceless knowledge, "The Sisters of Sinai" does what the best books do--makes you want to know much more." --"The Daily Herald" (Utah) "Lively and inspiring. . . . Thrilling. . . . S