Janet Soskice

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Janet Martin Soskice (born 16 May 1951) [1] [ verification needed ] is a Canadian-born Catholic theologian and philosopher. Soskice is educated at Somerville College, Oxford. [2] She is professor of philosophical theology and a fellow of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. Her theological and philosophical work has dealt with the role of women in Christianity, [3] religious language, the relationship between science and religion. [4]

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Her book The Sisters of Sinai details the history of the discovery of the Syriac Sinaiticus by Agnes and Margaret Smith. [5] Soskice has also written that she became religious following a very "dramatic but banal" religious experience. [6]

Syriac Sinaiticus

The Syriac Sinaiticus or Codex Sinaiticus Syriacus (syrs), known also as the Sinaitic Palimpsest, of Saint Catherine's Monastery is a late 4th-century manuscript of 358 pages, containing a translation of the four canonical gospels of the New Testament into Syriac, which have been overwritten by a vita (biography) of female saints and martyrs with a date corresponding to AD 778. This palimpsest is the oldest copy of the gospels in Syriac, one of two surviving manuscripts that are conventionally dated to before the Peshitta, the standard Syriac translation of the Bible.

Agnes and Margaret Smith sibling duo

Agnes Smith Lewis (1843–1926) and Margaret Dunlop Gibson (1843–1920), nées Agnes and Margaret Smith, were Semitic scholars. Born the twin daughters of John Smith of Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, they learned more than twelve languages between them, and became pioneers in their academic work, and benefactors to the Presbyterian Church of England, especially to Westminster College, Cambridge.

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  2. "Somerville alumna to discuss the Trinity on BBC Radio 4". www.some.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
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