#YCAS2015 Fourth Panel

I chaired this session, and so took the opportunity to take a photo of the audience (see below). The first presenter was Tony Burke, a key organizer of the event, but this was his first time presenting, apparently. His paper explored forgeries in centuries past, and how these things compare to genuine discoveries. Sometimes lack [Read More...]

#YCAS2015 Begins

Last night I reached Toronto, where the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium is bing held, and met with Scott Brown and Timo Paananen for dinner. Both have written important studies of the so-called Secret Gospel of Mark, and Timo also contributed in a significant way to the discussions about the Gospel of Jesus' Wife by writing [Read More...]

Published Review or Modern Forgery?

I just received notification that Review of Biblical Literature has published my review of Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?: The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate: Proceedings from the 2011 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium, edited by Tony Burke. This is how it concludes: I think it is indisputable that this volume represents an extremely [Read More...]

Tony Burke on Secret Mark

In the video above, Tony Burke talks about the Secret Gospel of Mark. See also his post on his blog about the latest episode of Finding Jesus and whether Jesus had a “secret brother.”     [Read more...]

Spending the Night with Jesus

One objection to the antiquity of the Secret Gospel of Mark is that it uses the phrase “to spend the night with” (εμεινε συν αυτω την νυκτα εκεινην), which has sexual connotations in our time, but was not so used in antiquity. It should be obvious that this is a circular argument. If the phrase had no [Read More...]

Did Morton Smith Forge the Gospel of Philip?

The Gospel of Philip was found at Nag Hammadi together with other Coptic texts, and so it would have involved quite a conspiracy for Morton Smith to have forged the text and placed it in the midst of the other Nag Hammadi texts. But since some scholars consider Smith to have been a mastermind at [Read More...]

The Case of the Vanishing Tremors

Tony Burke drew attention to the publication of an interesting article about the Secret Gospel of Mark: Roger Viklund and Timo S. Paananen, “Distortion of the Scribal Hand in the Images of Clement’s Letter to Theodore,” Vigiliae Christianae 67 (2013): 235-247. The article is based on material which had previously been made available online by one of [Read More...]

Is the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife a Fake?

Let me start with the news that Mark Goodacre shared a pdf of an article written by Francis Watson, arguing that the recently-found Coptic papyrus that has been dubbed the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a fake. He followed that up with a second shorter pdf on the forger’s alleged technique. Some are already pronouncing [Read More...]

Sound Conclusions on Secret Mark

Mike Kok has been blogging about the Secret Gospel of Mark lately, and he has reached the conclusion of his series and draws some balanced and persuasive conclusions as a result. Click through, take a look, and let me know what you think! [Read more...]

Continuing Conversation with Craig Evans about Secret Mark

Brian LePort kindly posted a response from Craig Evans to my blog post about his recent article in The Bible and Interpretation (see also his paper on the subject on his web site). I will be the first to admit that, for Morton Smith to have been telling the truth about finding the text at [Read More...]

Secret Mark vs. Secret Morton

Craig Evans wrote a piece for The Bible and Interpretation about the Secret Gospel of Mark, explaining why he is very suspicious and considers it likely that it was in fact fabricated by Morton Smith. Mike Kok, Rod of Alexandria and Tom Verenna also shared views on the subject. There are questions that it is [Read More...]