The Gospel Hoax Paperback

Morton Smith's Invention of Secret Mark

by Stephen C. Carlson;

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The Gospel Hoax

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"Secret Mark" first became known to modern scholarship in 1958 when a newly hired assistant professor at Columbia University in New York by the name of Morton Smith visited the monastery of Mar Saba near Jerusalem and photographed its fragments. "Secret Mark" was announced on the heels of many spectacular discoveries of ancient manuscripts in the Near East, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi gnostic corpus in the late 1940s, and promised to be just as revolutionary. "Secret Mark" presents what appears to be a valuable, albeit fragmentary, witness to early Christian traditions, traditions that might shed light on Jesus' most intimate behaviour. In this book, Stephen C Carlson uses state of the art science to demonstrate that "Secret Mark" was an elaborate hoax created by Morton Smith. Carlson's discussion places Smith's trick alongside many other hoaxes before probing the reasons why so many scholars have been taken in by it.

The Gospel Hoax by Stephen C. Carlson was published by Baylor University Press in November 2005 and is our 50257th best seller. The ISBN for The Gospel Hoax is 9781932792485.

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Details for The Gospel Hoax

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaylor University Press (November 2005)
Number of Pages170
Thickness14 mm
Height203 mm
Width127 mm
Product Code1188151
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