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How the Codex Was Found
A Narrative of Two Visits to Sinai, from Mrs Lewis's Journals 1892–1893

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor

  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108043366

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  • The Scottish twin sisters Agnes Lewis (1843–1926) and Margaret Gibson (1843–1920) between them spoke modern Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Syriac, and were pioneering biblical scholars and explorers at a time when women rarely ventured to foreign lands. The sisters made several journeys to the Monastery of St Catherine on Mount Sinai, and their first two visits there are described in this 1893 publication. Using her sister's journals, Margaret Gibson tells how Agnes discovered a version of the Gospels in Syriac from the fifth century CE. This text is immensely important, being an example of the New Testament written in the eastern branch of Aramaic, the language that Jesus himself spoke. Meanwhile, Margaret Gibson studied other manuscripts in the library and photographed them; the sisters later transcribed and published many of these. Controversy over the circumstances of the discovery led to Margaret publishing this account in 1893.

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    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108043366
    • length: 154 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    First visit to Sinai
    Identification of the Codex
    A Greek description of Sinai
    St Sylvia of Aquitaine
    Second visit to Sinai.

  • Author

    Agnes Smith Lewis

    Editor

    Margaret Dunlop Gibson

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