Reconstruction of the Pilate scene in the Gospel of Mark

Executive Summary In the Pilate scene in the Gospel of Mark, Mark invoked a name, “Pilate,” that had meaning to the audience of his play. We can assume that Mark expected the audience (in Rome 90-95 CE) to bring their knowledge of Pilate, that he …

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Is “Andrew” in the Gospel of Mark the name of the author?

Introduction When I wrote the book, The Two Gospels of Mark: Performance and Text, I concluded that the character “Andrew” (Greek: “Andreas”) was never on stage in the performance of the Gospel of Mark. “Andrew” is not necessary to the action, he does nothing individual, …

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Clement of Alexandria and Titus Flavius Clemens

The fact that Clement of Alexandria adopted the name “Titus Flavius Clemens” implies approval of the original Clemens. So it’s no surprise that Clement allows good Christians to be wealthy. Clement cites the Gospel of Mark as primary among the synoptics. These two details are …

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What does “Herodians” mean in the Gospel of Mark?

Executive summary “Herodians” appear in the text of Mk 3:6 and 12:13. I believe that they were added by an editor. During the performance of the Gospel of Mark, there were no Herodians onstage. Herodians do not speak or contribute anything distinctive to the action. …

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Matthew created Mt 8:5-13, which characterizes the centurion as a man of faith, in order to retain him at the crucifixion

In the Gospel of Mark, the author gave the Roman centurion the last word at the crucifixion: “Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mk 15:39 NRSV) …

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I Corinthians/I Clement are not evidence for a church at Corinth

In Satyricon, written in the 50s or 60s CE, we learn that the famous Corinthian bronze was an alloy. The term “Corinthian” in common parlance could have denoted “mixtures” in general. I Corinthians and 1 Clement are pastoral letters concerning mixtures of doctrines. (See 1 …

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The history of the Basilica of Saint Clement in Rome is consistent with my scenario

The archaeology and early history of the Basilica of Saint Clement in Rome are consistent with my book, The Two Gospels of Mark: Performance and Text. The archaeology links Pope Clement I to a church that began as a first-century private house. (I proposed that …

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