Re: S. Carlson on M. Smith's "Gospel Hoax"
- You sure may! If anyone had read Stephen's blog lately, they would be
directed to my comments on his book. http://neonostalgia.blogspot.com/
you can see it in full - read dates Oct. 2 and Oct. 3.
Furthermore - any scholars had Secret Mark in their working theories?
Sorry for being a tad off-topic,
--- In email@example.com, goranson@d... wrote:
> If I may, I commend _The Gospel Hoax: Morton Smith's Invention of
> by Stephen C. Carlson (Baylor U. Press, Nov. 2005). Carlson present
> confluent arguments pointing to Smith as the likely creator of a
> a claimed 18th-century ms, supposedly a letter of Clement that
quoted a secret
> gospel. I have just read it. I had doubts here and there about the
> various questions remain, and, though scholars who still wish to
defend the ms
> as genuine (18th-c.) surely should be heard, at the moment, the
> vindicating "Secret Mark" appear to me almost vanishingly small.
> Smith was so learned. And, notwithstanding his cutting language,
> with his time, e.g., reading and commenting on papers sent to him.
He had an
> appreciation of theatre. And his 1982 HTR "Clement of Alexandria and
> Mark: The Score at the End of a Decade" certainly showed a sense of
> If he did, how could he lie to Scholem? Did Fitzmyer notice a clue
to a hoax
> years ago?
> In any case, in my view, this book is a fine contribution to learning.
> Stephen Goranson
> "Jannaeus, His Brother Absalom, and Judah the Essene"