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In the Shadow of Sinai was published in 1898, five years after author Agnes Smith Lewis's sister Margaret Dunlop Gibson published an account of their first two trips to Sinai in How the Codex was Found. This longer and more-detailed sequel to her sister's book covers the latter years of their Syriac research, from 1895 1897, but includes a brief summary of the first two visits to Sinai. In the Shadow of Sinai contains an introduction from the author, several helpful illustrations and photographs from the trip, and a complete narrative of the third and fourth trips to Sinai, from the preparations to the results of their discoveries. This entertaining and illuminating text is the essential conclusion to How the Codex was Found. AGNES SMITH LEWIS (1843 1926) was twin sister to MARGARET DUNLOP GIBSON (1843 1920); the Semitic scholars were often referred to as the Westminster sisters for their donations to the Presbyterian Church of England and especially Westminster College, Cambridge. Between the two of them, the women learned 12 languages and became pioneers in their field. While both sisters traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as to Mount Sinai to study the earliest Syriac version of the Gospels, most of their written works are attributed to Agnes, who wrote more than fifteen books about their studies and travels.
Agnes Lewis Smith and her twin sister, M. D. Gibson, traveled the Near East, and St. Catherine's monastery at Mt. Sinai in particular, hunting and purchasing ancient texts. This volume includes fragments of sixth-century Palestinian Syriac texts of the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul's Epistles. Also included are fragments of an early Palestinian lectionary of the Old Testament.