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Select Narratives of Holy Women


In Select Narratives of Holy Women, you’ll find accounts of the lives of many important women of the early church. Recorded by eighth-century monk John the Stylite (or John the Recluse), living in a monastery near Antioch, these tales are related in an engaging narrative format. Here the stories are edited and translated by Syriac scholar Agnes Lewis Smith’s skilled hand. Lewis Smith and her twin sister, Margaret Dunlop Gibson, discovered the text overwriting the Sinaitic Palimpsest—the fourth-century Syriac text of the four canonical Gospels—in the library of St. Catherine’s Monastery in 1892. Featuring Lewis Smith’s English translation, this unique volume details the lives of Eugenia, Mary, Euphrosyne, Onesima, Drusis, Barbara, Sophia, and more—including stories of conversions, persecution, and in some cases, martyrdom. This text also includes helpful appendices, notes, and an index of proper names.

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  • Provides an overview of early female Christian saints and martyrs
  • Presents Agnes Lewis Smith’s translation from the Syriac
  • Offers accounts of the lives of Eugenia, Mary, Barbara, Irene, Sophia, and more
  • Title: Select Narratives of Holy Women
  • Author: John the Stylite
  • Translator: Agnes Smith Lewis
  • Publisher: C. J. Clay and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 211

Agnes Smith Lewis and her twin sister Margaret Dunlop Gibson, sometimes referred to as the Westminster Sisters, were important Semititc scholars. Born in Scotland in 1843, both she and her sister studied numerous languages including French, Greek, German, Italian, Arabic, and Syriac, and traveled extensively. On a trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery, they discovered the earliest Syriac versions of the Gospels identified thus far—the Sinaitic Palimpsest, in 1892. Settling in Cambridge in the late 19th century, Smith Lewis became a “Syriac scholar of international repute” at the University of Cambridge. She was given honorary degrees from the universities of Halle, Heidelberg, Dublin, and St. Andrews.