Tony Burke,Paul Foster's Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?: The Secret Gospel of Mark PDF

By Tony Burke,Paul Foster

In 1958, American historian of faith Morton Smith made an spectacular discovery within the Mar Saba monastery in Jerusalem. Copied into the again of a seventeenth-century booklet used to be 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 think about it an real witness to an early type of Mark, maybe even predating canonical Mark. a few declare it's a medieval or premodern forgery created through a monastic scribe. And others argue it's a forgery created through Morton Smith himself. some of these positions are addressed within the papers contained during this quantity. 9 North American students, the world over well-known for his or her contributions to the research of mystery Mark, met at York collage in Toronto, Canada, in April 2011 to envision contemporary advancements in scholarship at the gospel and the letter within which it really is chanced on. Their effects characterize a considerable breakthrough in opting for 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 fantastic and incisive choice of essays one reveals either readability and highbrow rigor. no longer all of the participants 'sing from a similar hymn sheet.' besides the fact that, this variety finds how a hugely contested subject might be approached in an enticing and respectful demeanour. each person who reads this booklet might be enriched, either by way of attention of its contents and during appreciation of the measured tone with which this crucial debate is carried out. it is a excellent and very important remedy of the topic."
--Paul Foster, college of Divinity, college of Edinburgh

"The debate over the Secret Gospel of Mark rages on. Did Morton Smith detect this article, or did he forge it? This superb number of essays offers top voices from each side of the talk, declaring their perspectives, marshaling their proof, and permitting readers to cross their very own verdicts."
--Bart D. Ehrman, college of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Ancient Gospel or glossy Forgery? brings jointly lots of the key supporters and detractors of the authenticity of the Secret Gospel of Mark in a balanced, probing, and illuminating publication. . . . even though this publication, rigorously crafted through Burke, can't be stated 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 be able to merely desire that the floor has now been cleared for a extra balanced and clinical overview 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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