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The Secret Gospel of Mark Unveiled – Imagined Rituals of Sex, Death, and Madness in a Biblical Forgery - Yale Scholarship Online
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The Secret Gospel of Mark Unveiled: Imagined Rituals of Sex, Death, and Madness in a Biblical Forgery

Peter Jeffery


In 1958, Bible scholar Morton Smith announced the discovery of a sensational manuscript—a second-century letter written by St. Clement of Alexandria, who quotes an unknown, longer version of the Gospel of Mark. When Smith published the letter in 1973, he set off a firestorm of controversy that has raged ever since. Is the text authentic, or a hoax? Is Smith's interpretation correct? Did Jesus really practice magic, or homosexuality? And if the letter is a forgery, then, why? Through close examination of the “discovered” manuscript's text, this book unravels the answers to the mystery and tells ... More

Keywords: Morton Smith, Christian sexual morality, St. Clement, Alexandria, Gospel of Mark, magic, homosexuality, forgery, Episcopalian priest, biblical scholars

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300117608
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Jeffery, author