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.
The play was performed on a stage before an audience. The Two Gospels of Mark extracts much of the performance, scene by scene, from a theater director’s point of view.
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. Danila Oder’s theory places Mark in a real place and time, with a real motive. This innovative approach to the Gospel of Mark opens new vistas for the study of early Christianity.
“A fascinating exploration of possibilities behind our gospel text….A seriously fresh approach to the Gospel” – Review on Vridar, March 4, 2020.