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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and exciting tale of two lady adventurers, 26 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Sisters Of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels (Paperback)
Sisters of Sinai is a tale of adventure, of exotic travel and of persistence (or sheer stubbornness) in overcoming trials and adversity. Janet Soskice, a Cambridge professor in philosophical theology, tells the story of 19th century twin sisters who discovered an ancient palimpsest at St Catherine's monastery in Sinai which contained the earliest known Syriac version of the Christian Gospels. The sisters did most of their travelling unaccompanied, learned more than 12 languages between them and also made many other discoveries of ancient Jewish and Muslim manuscripts elsewhere as well as cataloguing St Catherine's extensive collection.

Sadly, despite the academic work they did in discovering and translating the manuscripts they found, they were never able to be awarded a degree from Cambridge University as the student body had recently voted to exclude women from being awarded degrees (despite or because of some of the women getting better marks than the male students), however they were awarded honorary degrees from several other academic institutions and founded Westminster College, Cambridge as a Presbyterian theological college.

Sisters of Sinai was unfailingly interesting and entertaining throughout and it was definitely inspiring to read about two women who achieved so much at a time when women were generally expected to do so little. Strongly recommended.
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