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Secret Gospel Of Saint Mark - Coptic Wiki


In 1958, Morton of discovered two and a half pages of a letter purportedly written by to an unknown Theodorus. The contents of this late copy of the original relate that Mark, after writing his in Rome with Peter, left that city after the apostle’s martyrdom and journeyed to Alexandria. From both his and Peter’s notes, which he had brought with him, Mark then wrote a secret gospel, the purpose of which was to be a ritual text for Christians “being initiated into the great mysteries.”

According to the letter, Clement’s purpose in writing to Theodorus was to warn him that had purloined a copy of the secret and had both corrupted and misinterpreted the text. Answering Theodorus’ questions concerning the text, which was still kept under guard in Alexandria, Clement is giving a commentary on some passages when the fragment ends.

In the decade following his publication of the text, cataloged publications and responses relating to the of the letter of Clement and the Secret of Mark. Acceptance of the letter’s was overwhelming, but not one publication defended the authenticity of the Secret that Clement mentioned and quoted to Theodorus.