The Secret Gospel of Mark Paperback

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The Secret Gospel of Mark

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While cataloging material in the library of the monastery of Mar Saba in 1958, Morton Smith discovered a quotation from a letter of Clement of Alexandria copied in the end pages of a 17th century collection of the letters of Ignatius. After more than a decade of collaborative analysis of the find, Smith published his conclusions in 1973, setting off a firestorm of controversy in the New Testament studies guild. In 1975, a Jesuit scholar, Quentin Quesnell, claimed the letter had been forged and implied that Smith was the forger, moving the focus of debate off the text itself and onto Smith. Since then the pages containing the letter have been removed from the book and possibly destroyed, while Catholic and evangelical writers, none of whom have ever seen the pages in question, continue to claim that Smith forged the letter. Following his death in 1991, accusations against Smith took on a considerably more personal tone, highlighting his alleged homosexuality and by implication his dishonesty and moral perversity. Although the question of authenticity remains unresolved, the controversy has opened a window on the intellectually corrupt nature of apologetic New Testament studies, a subject of greater importance than the authenticity of early Christian texts.

The Secret Gospel of Mark by Robert Conner was published by Mandrake of Oxford in January 2015. The ISBN for The Secret Gospel of Mark is 9781906958688.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherMandrake of Oxford (January 2015)
Weight222g
Number of Pages160
Thickness9 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781906958688
ISBN-101906958688
Product Code4322589
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