Here now is the second of my two posts on reasons for suspecting that Morton Smith himself may have been the one who forged the “letter of Clement” that discusses the “Secret Gospel of Mark” (see my post from yesterday).

Again taken from my article,   “Hedrick’s Consensus on the Secret Gospel of Mark,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 11 (2003) pp. 155-64.


(2) Several things that are hard to explain about the “discovery.”  For those who want to show the letter is authentic (i.e. really written by Clement of Alexandria), these are the issues to address.  I leave off several other matters that some have raised, such as

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