Scottish twins Agnes and Margaret Smith, born in 1843, were adventurers defying the traditions of their day!
In “The Sisters of Sinai,” author Janet Soskice describes “unshakably devout Presbyterians deeply interested in biblical studies and languages.”
They not only mastered French, German, Spanish and Italian, but Hebrew, ancient and modern Greek, Arabic, and Syriac!
Determined to find something of interest, they traveled by camel to Saint Catherine’s Monastery—making a most amazing discovery!
While examining a collection of stories about saints written on vellum, they saw faintly the words: “Of Matthew" and “Of Luke” underneath the more visible text.
It was a codex from the late second century AD containing the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in Syriac, a dialect of the Aramaic Jesus spoke—one of the oldest manuscripts of the Bible ever found!