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The Gospel Hoax: Morton Smith's Invention of Secret Mark
Carlson, Stephen

Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2005 pp. xx + 151. $24.95


Description: 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 presents what appears to be a valuable, albeit fragmentary, witness to early Christian traditions, traditions that might shed light on Jesus' most intimate behavior. 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.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, History of Interpretation

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Review by Craig L. Blomberg
Published 6/30/2007
Citation: Craig L. Blomberg, review of Stephen Carlson, The Gospel Hoax: Morton Smith's Invention of Secret Mark, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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