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The Secret Gospel of Mark Unveiled : Imagined Rituals of Sex, Death, and Madness in a Biblical Forgery / Peter Jeffery.

Author/Creator:
Jeffery, Peter author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008]
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Book
1 online resource (352 p.)
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In 1958, Bible scholar Morton Smith announced the discovery of a sensational manuscript-a second-century letter written by St. Clement of Alexandria, who "es 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 . . . why?Through close examination of the "discovered" manuscript's text, Peter Jeffery unravels the answers to the mystery and tells the tragic tale of an estranged Episcopalian priest who forged an ancient gospel and fooled many of the best biblical scholars of his time. Jeffery shows convincingly that Smith's Secret Gospel is steeped in anachronisms and that its construction was influenced by Oscar Wilde's SalomeĢ, twentieth-century misunderstandings of early Christian liturgy, and Smith's personal struggles with Christian sexual morality.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
A Note on Psalm Numbering
1. ''A Discovery of Extraordinary Importance''
2. Questions
3. The Secret Gospel and the Origins of Christian Liturgy
4. The Secret Gospel and the Alexandrian Lectionaries
5. A Gospel in Fragments
6. Hypnotic Hymns
7. The Happiness of the Dead: Morton Smith on Christian Morality
8. Hellenistic Homosexualities
9. Uranian Venus: A Homoerotic Subculture in English Universities
10. The Wisdom of Salome
11. The One Who Knows
Appendix: Morton Smith's Translation of the Mar Saba Letter of Clement
Notes
Index of Ancient and Medieval Writings
General Index
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Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300135084
OCLC:
1024018195
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300135084 doi
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