Sisters of Sinai : How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels, Paperback

Sisters of Sinai : How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels Paperback

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Sisters of Sinai is the story of how Scottish twin sisters made one of the most important manuscript finds of the nineteenth century - an early copy of the gospels which lay hidden in the Sinai desert.

We trace the footsteps of the intrepid pair from the Ayrshire of their childhood, as they voyage to Egypt, Sinai and beyond, coping with camels, unscrupulous dragomen, and unpredictable welcomes, not least from the academics of their adopted home in Cambridge.

Fast-paced, informative and written with dry wit, this is a story of two remarkable women, undeterred in their spirit of adventure, who overcame insuperable odds to claim a place in history.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Middle Eastern history
  • ISBN: 9780099546542



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This is a fascinating biography of twin sisters who enjoyed learning languages and travel. They also have an interest in the Bible and, after learning of a manuscript in an Egyptian Monastery they decide to go for themselves and see what they can find. This book is an exciting read combining adventure, scholarship and academic feuds.

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