The origin of the Gospel of Mark, revealed. Jesus mythicism has led the way. In The Two Gospels of Mark: Performance and Text, Danila Oder proposes that “Mark” was a playwright in Rome in 90–95 CE. He wrote a play in which his congregation’s heavenly Jesus came to earth on a mission to die. Satan, the heavenly antagonist, tries but fails to prevent Jesus from carrying out his mission.

Mark “preserved” the play in a narrative text that showed the reader that a performance had occurred, but prevented a restaging. That narrative text is the ancestor of the received Gospel of Mark. Two works, two gospels of Mark. Oder’s theory places Mark in a real place and time, with a real motive. This innovative approach to GMark opens new vistas for the study of early Christianity.

The Two Gospels of Mark by Danila Oder book cover
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