Secret Mark

From: Stephen Carlson (
Date: Wed Oct 18 1995 - 16:29:49 EDT

Thanks to a suggestion from a lurker on this list, I've been reading
through Helmut Koester's work ANCIENT CHRISTIAN GOSPELS. On his
discussion of Mark, he takes Morton Smith's Secret Mark quite seriously,
but I dimly recall a discussion on this list that Secret Mark may well
be a forgery, but we just don't know in which century.

Can someone please recapitulate why Secret Mark may be spurious?

Speaking of Secret Mark, how credible is the suggestion of one of
my study bibles, The New Oxford Annotated Bible (NRSV), that the
NEANISKOS of Mk14:51 could be Mark himself? Was it a practice for
anonymous authors to insert obscure self-references?

Furthermore, if that suggestion is true and if one takes the additional
step of identifying the NEANISKOS in 14:51 with the one in 16:5 (which
Koester rejects), could that explain the irony of 16:8 (KAI OUDENI OUDEN

Stephen Carlson

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