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The Sisters of Sinai by Janet Martin Soskice
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Mar 25, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, dcpl, spirit, non-fiction

The sisters of Sinai: how two lady adventurers discovered the hidden gospels by Janet Soskice is the fascinating story of how twin sisters from Scotland discover the earliest known versions of the Christian gospels.

Agnes and Margaret Smith, born in 1843, are educated at a coed school in Scotland, taking the same subjects as boys. When their father, a lawyer, discovers they are both good at learning languages, he makes a pact with them that for each language they learn he will take them to visit that country. Their father later inherits wealth and takes care to ensure that his daughters will retain control of their money when they marry. Their Presbyterian minister introduces them to archaeology and Biblical scholarship, two exciting fields of study at this time. When their father dies unexpectedly in 1866, the sisters decide to take a trip down the Nile, scandalizing their acquaintances because they are traveling without a male escort.

Thus begins a tale of two women with a gift for languages who bring to light multiple manuscript treasures and found Westminster College near Cambridge.

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