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    DescriptionA "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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    The Sisters of Sinai
    How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Janet Soskice
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 316
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 308 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400034741
    ISBN 10: 1400034744

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HRC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE, CHRN/LATE18
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    B&T Approval Code: A19242018
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    B&T Approval Code: A13505025
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BIC subject category V2: BGX
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000, REL015000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25430
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    BISAC V2.8: TRV001000
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    B&T Approval Code: A28163200
    BISAC V2.8: BIO018000
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    DC21: 220.43
    LC classification: BS2351.A1 S67 2010
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
    Imprint name
    Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
    Publication date
    24 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    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.
    Review quote
    "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