October Theology Public Lecture
“Sisters of Sinai”
Speaker: Professor Janet Soskice, Professor of Philosophical Theology at Cambridge University
Date: Friday, 22nd October, 2010
Venue: James Callaghan Lecture Theatre, James Callaghan Building, Swansea University
Admission is free and everyone welcome.
Janet Martin Soskice is a Roman Catholic. She grew up in Canada and has lived for some years in England. She is Professor of Philosophical Theology at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge. As well as lecturing around the world, she writes for The Times and the Times Literary Supplement and is a frequent contributor to radio and television.
"Sisters of Sinai", a book recently written by Professor Soskice, tells an extraordinary story of 19th century exploration; how two Scottish sisters made one of the most important ancient manuscript finds of the age.
Hidden in a cupboard beneath the monastic library at St Catherine's in the Sinai desert the twins discovered what looked like a palimpsest: one text written over another.
It was Agnes who recognised the obscure text for what it was – one of the earliest copies of the Gospels written in ancient Syriac.
For further information, please contact The Reverend Nigel John, Swansea University Chaplaincy, Tel: 01792 205678, Ext: 4442, or email: email@example.com.
Professor Soskice will appear on BBC Radio Wales' programme All Things Considered this coming Sunday morning (Sunday, 17th October) to speak about "Sisters of Sinai". For further information visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/atc/.