January 21st, 2009

Morton Smith and the Secret Evil Gospel of Mark

Here's an interesting article in The Nation about Morton Smith and his scandalous claims about the "secret evil" Gospel of Mark, following the discovery of an allegedly ancient document in the monastery at Mar Saba.

Interestingly (for some definition of "interesting"), Smith, stranded in Palestine during WWII, studied classics under the legendary Max Schwabe and Hans Lewy, and Jewish mysticism under Gershom Scholem, earning the distinction of being the first Christian Ph.D. of the Hebrew University, a Ph.D. dissertation written in Hebrew!

An interesting read, anyhow.