lefaquin’s #CBR4 Review #12: The Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice
The Sisters of Sinai describes the adventures of Agnes Lewis and Margaret Gibson, twin sisters who independently explored the Middle East in the late 1800’s and made one of the most important discoveries in biblical history. Agnes and Margaret came of age in a time when the historical accuracy of the bible was being called into question publicly. Scholars were extremely interested in amassing scientific proof to substantiate or undermine the veracity of biblical stories, and wealthy tourists were taking trips to the holy lands of Palestine and Egypt.
Born in 1843, and originally from a small town in Scotland, Agnes and Margaret were raised by their father in a somewhat unconventional manner for the time. Their father was adamant that Agnes and Margaret become well educated in an era where women were not allowed to attend most universities, and frequently took the twins traveling with him. After the death of their father, Agnes and Margaret continued their studies (they were already fluent in German, French and Italian) and began to travel independently, going to Europe, Egypt and Palestine in 1868. Their trip to the Middle East fueled their continued study of languages, driving them to study Greek, Syriac and some Arabic.
The twins do a lot more awesome stuff – to read more, head over to my full post!