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  • Mark Goodacre
    Does anyone happen to know anything about the Acts of Mark, e.g. date, text, language, provenance? It doesn t appear to be in any of the standard editions of
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 3 5:06 PM
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      Does anyone happen to know anything about the Acts of Mark, e.g.
      date, text, language, provenance? It doesn't appear to be in any of
      the standard editions of NT apocrypha. Are there any good
      introductory and / or general studies?

      Many thanks for any help
      Mark
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    • Philip James McCosker
      Dear Mark, Here is an abstract from a dissertation written recently here at Harvard on the Acts of Mark, I hope it helps. If you want more detail, I can look
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 4 10:28 PM
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        Dear Mark,

        Here is an abstract from a dissertation written recently here at Harvard
        on the Acts of Mark, I hope it helps. If you want more detail, I can
        look at the thesis, as it is in the library (unless checked out!).
        There are also other items of literature listed below.

        A.D.Callahan 'The Acts of Saint Mark : an introduction and commentary'

        Thesis (Ph.D.)--Harvard University, 1992

        According to the Church's most venerable traditions, it was the
        evangelist reputed to have written the Second Gospel who was first to
        proclaim the Christian message in the Nile Valley; Mark the Evangelist
        was Alexandria's first bishop and first martyr, his miracles, prodigies
        and passion recorded in the so-called Acts of Saint Mark (AM). The AM
        probably existed in some literary form by the late fourth century. The
        age of the underlying traditions, of course, remains an open question.
        Such a dating puts the AM in the same historical continuum as other of
        the so-called apocryphal Acts, yet it is little known and virtually
        ignored by modern Western scholarship. The memory of the Evangelist's
        Egyptian mission is preserved in a number of versions. The AM comes down
        to us in Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic languages, in addition to
        some Coptic fragments published well after Lipsius' landmark study of
        apocryphal Acts at the turn of the century. Though the date of Mark's
        martyrdom has been accorded a place of honor in ecclesiastical calendars
        in both the East and West, Saint Mark the Evangelist remains an obscure
        figure to modern historians of early Christianity. The tradition that
        Mark the Evangelist was the Nile's first missionary has been treated on
        the whole by modern scholars with extreme caution or outright
        incredulity. In the early tradition that preceded the hagiographical
        deference of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Saint Mark's status is somewhat
        diminutive: Papias plainly states that Mark was not an eyewitness to the
        Lord (Eusebius H. E. 3.39.15-16). At best Saint Mark was a junior
        colleague of the apostle Peter. Further, the preponderence of early
        testimonies assert that Saint Mark wrote his gospel in Italy; indeed
        there is even sixth century inscriptional evidence in Egypt to this
        effect. Modern commentators with rare accord are at a loss to explain
        the 'selection' of Saint Mark as the founder of the Alexandrian church.
        Yet this tradition of the foundation of the church of Alexandria is
        universally attested, both in the East and the West, by the fourth
        century, that is, at least as early as Eusebius or his sources. Perhaps
        a closer look at the one body of traditions that purports to explain
        this 'choice' may contribute to adumbrating how Mark the Evangelist came
        to be regarded as the first bishop of one of the most powerful sees of
        ancient Christendom.


        Other literature:
        A.D. Callahan 'The Acts of Mark : tradition, transmission, and
        translation of the Arabic version' in Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles
        Francois Bovon ed. (Boston : Harvard Univ Pr, 1999) pp. 63-85

        B.Pearson 'Ancient Alexandria in the Acts of Mark' in Society of
        Biblical Literature : 1997 seminar papers (Atlanta : Scholars Pr, 1997)
        pp. 273-284.

        A.D.Callahan 'The Acts of Saint Mark : an introduction and translation'
        Coptic Church Review 14 (Spr 1993), p. 3-10.

        All good wishes,

        Philip

        Philip McCosker
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        Does anyone happen to know anything about the Acts of Mark, e.g.
        date, text, language, provenance? It doesn't appear to be in any of
        the standard editions of NT apocrypha. Are there any good
        introductory and / or general studies?

        Many thanks for any help
        Mark
        -----------------------------
        Dr Mark Goodacre mailto:M.S.Goodacre@...
        Dept of Theology tel: +44 121 414 7512
        University of Birmingham fax: +44 121 414 4381
        Birmingham B15 2TT UK

        http://www.bham.ac.uk/theology/goodacre
        http://NTGateway.com


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