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By Tony Burke,Paul Foster

In 1958, American historian of faith Morton Smith made an extraordinary discovery within the Mar Saba monastery in Jerusalem. Copied into the again of a seventeenth-century ebook was once a misplaced letter attributed to Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-215 CE) that contained excerpts from an extended model of the Gospel of Mark written by way of Mark himself and circulating in Alexandria, Egypt. greater than fifty years after its discovery, the origins of this mystery Gospel of Mark stay contentious. a few ponder it an actual witness to an early type of Mark, maybe even predating canonical Mark. a few declare it's a medieval or premodern forgery created by way of a monastic scribe. And others argue it's a forgery created via Morton Smith himself. a lot of these positions are addressed within the papers contained during this quantity. 9 North American students, across the world well-known for his or her contributions to the research of mystery Mark, met at York college in Toronto, Canada, in April 2011 to ascertain contemporary advancements in scholarship at the gospel and the letter during which it really is came upon. Their effects signify a considerable leap forward in choosing the origins of this mysterious and debatable text.

List of Contributors:
Scott G. Brown
Tony Burke
Stephen C. Carlson
Bruce Chilton
Craig A. Evans
Paul Foster
Charles W. Hedrick
Peter Jeffery
Allan J. Pantuck
Marvin Meyer
Hershel Shanks
Pierluigi Piovanelli

"In this exceptional and incisive selection of essays one reveals either readability and highbrow rigor. no longer the entire participants 'sing from a similar hymn sheet.' besides the fact that, this variety unearths how a hugely contested subject will be approached in an attractive and respectful demeanour. everybody who reads this ebook could be enriched, either through attention of its contents and during appreciation of the measured tone with which this significant debate is carried out. it is a exceptional and very important therapy of the topic."
--Paul Foster, university of Divinity, collage of Edinburgh

"The debate over the Secret Gospel of Mark rages on. Did Morton Smith become aware of this article, or did he forge it? This wonderful selection of essays provides best voices from each side of the talk, mentioning their perspectives, marshaling their proof, and permitting readers to cross their very own verdicts."
--Bart D. Ehrman, collage of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Ancient Gospel or glossy Forgery? brings jointly many of the key supporters and detractors of the authenticity of the Secret Gospel of Mark in a balanced, probing, and illuminating ebook. . . . even if this booklet, rigorously crafted by means of Burke, can't be acknowledged to have introduced closure at the factor, it has laid to relaxation the various specious and illogical claims that experience littered the dialogue formerly. we will in basic terms desire that the floor has now been cleared for a extra balanced and medical evaluate of the Mar Saba manuscript."
--John S. Kloppenborg, college of Toronto

Tony Burke is affiliate Professor of Early Christianity at York college in Toronto, Ontario. he's the writer of De infantia Iesu evangelien Thomae graece (2010), a severe version of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.

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