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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Book

Our Journey to Sinai

Agnes von Blomberg BENSLY

2016-11-04

I'm listening to a book that is more or less a travel-log of Agnes Smith Lewis. She had been to the pictured site, Saint Catherine's Monastery built near Mt. Sinai. The monastery dates back to the 500's AD, and has a collection of very old books. One was a history of the lives of some saints, but Agnes noticed that the book had been reused and some of the old writing could be read. The old writing turned out to be the Gospels written in Syriac Aramaic, which is pretty close to the language Jesus would have spoken, so it might be closer to the original than Greek or Latin versions. Although there's a whole field of study in Biblical linguistics that is a bit beyond me.