How the Codex Was Found

A Narrative of Two Visits to Sinai, from Mrs Lewis's Journals 1892-1893

by Agnes Smith Lewis;


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How the Codex Was Found

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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.

How the Codex Was Found by Agnes Smith Lewis was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in February 2013. The ISBN for How the Codex Was Found is 9781139169042.

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Page last updated 2nd October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (February 2013)
ISBN9781139169042
ISBN-101139169041
Product Code4492212
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