Scott Brown: My Thoughts on the Reports by Venetia Anastasopoulou

Did Morton Smith Forge “Secret Mark”?

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The controversial text that Smith discovered was a Greek manuscript written on the endpages of a 17th-century book. The apparently 18th-century handwriting recorded a copy of a previously unknown letter from Clement of Alexandria to someone named Theodore.

In the following 14-page essay, Scott G. Brown responds to Venetia Anastasopoulou’s handwriting analysis of Secret Mark and includes his own survey of the secondary literature, showing that “we can rule out [Morton] Smith, not only as the scribe of this letter, but also as its author.”
My Thoughts on the Reports by Venetia Anastasopoulou

Scott G. Brown wrote the first doctoral dissertation on the Secret Gospel of Mark in 1999 while studying religion at the University of Toronto. He has published numerous articles on the subject, as well as a book, Mark’s Other Gospel: Rethinking Morton’s Smith Controversial Discovery (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005).

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