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In 1892 Agnes and Margaret Smith, identical twin sisters from Scot land, took a nine-day camel ride to the Greek Orthodox monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai in search of ancient biblical manuscripts. They discovered the earliest known Syriac version of the four canonical Gospels. Soskice, a philosophical theologian at Cambridge, calls these Gospels hidden because they were the underwriting on a palimpsest manuscript that was stored in a remote desert monastery. Neither sister had a university degree, but they left a mark on biblical scholarship.

 

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