In a Cairo manuscript there is a 4 page passage not present in the published text of the “Book of the Councils” by Severus of al-Ashmunein. A translator has been working on this for me, for 10 cents a word.
The first two pages have now arrived. Unfortunately they do not seem to be in English as it is normally understood. Here are a couple of examples.
“If his speech is right, grant him words and mysteries, so if he keeps that so it would be considered as a supplication. The truth testified and said also the sun was eclipsed and the eclipse from the sixth hour of the day till the ninth hour. It was not the time of eclipse but because of the afflicted. … There is also this saying from Hermes talk’s till the coming of Christ will be one thousands and five hundreds years.”
This, mind you, is from an academic with a substantial publication record. But the ‘translation’ is gibberish.
I shall have to push back and ask for it to be improved. Suggestions as to how I handle this are welcome.