The origin of the Gospel of Mark, revealed. Jesus mythicism is taken for granted. 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 that dramatized the mission of his congregation’s heavenly Jesus, who came to earth in order to die. Mark then wrote a second text, a narrative that preserved the performance. That literary narrative is the ancestor of the Gospel of Mark we know. Two works, two gospels of Mark. Mark’s dates can now replace the dates of Jesus of Nazareth as the historical bedrock for studies of early Christianity.