Apocrypha Syriaca

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Apocrypha Syriaca

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The twin sisters Agnes Lewis (1843-1926) and Margaret Gibson (1843-1920) were pioneering biblical scholars who became experts in a number of ancient languages. Travelling widely in the Middle East, they made several significant discoveries, including one of the earliest manuscripts of the Four Gospels in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language probably spoken by Jesus himself. First published in 1902 as part of the Studia Sinaitica, this text is transcribed and translated by Lewis from a Syriac manuscript she acquired in Suez in 1895. As well as featuring pages of the Septaguint and the Peshitta Gospels, the palimpsest includes some Arabic pages including a very early version of the Qur'an (estimated by Lewis as seventh-century). Illustrated with reproductions of the leaves of the various texts, this is a valuable resource for scholars of Syriac, but also of interest for historians of Christianity and Early Islam.

Apocrypha Syriaca was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in June 2015. The ISBN for Apocrypha Syriaca is 9781139169141.

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Details for Apocrypha Syriaca

Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (June 2015)
Product Code4492219
Page last updated 13th September 2017
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