Monday, July 28, 2008

The Secret Gospel of Mark in Al-Ahram Weekly

Al-Ahram Weekly | Heritage | The Gospel Hoax

This is an interesting and well-informed article by Jill Kamil about Morton Smith's Secret Gospel of Mark as a hoax--a position that I find quite convincing. Academia seems to be agreeing, and the Annual Meeting of the Society of biblical Literature will be featyring a Secret Mark section this November, with paper titles such as,
Birger A. Pearson, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Secret Gospel of Mark: A Twentieth-Century Fake (20 min)
Stephen C. Carlson, Duke University
Can the Academy Protect Itself from One of Its Own? The Case of Secret Mark (20 min)
Allan J. Pantuck, UCLA
Can Morton Smith's Archival Writings and Correspondence Shine Any Light on the Authenticity of Secret Mark? (20 min)
Scott G. Brown, University of Toronto
Fifty Years of Befuddlement: Ten Enduring Misconceptions about the “Secret” Gospel of Mark (20 min).

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