"Mark's story [i.e. the Gospel of Mark] is most likely Mark's fiction . . . .The gospel was indeed Mark's creation, a narrative that brought together two distinctively different types of written material representative of two major types of early sectarian movements. One stream was that of movements in Palestine and southern Syria that cultivated the memory of Jesus as a founder-teacher. The other was that of congregations in northern Syria, Asia Minor and Greece wherein the death and resurrection of Jesus were regarded as founding events . . . . Mark fabricated his story."
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This is a quotation from Burton Mack's book, Myth of Innocence (11-12). Mack is one of the Jesus Seminar crew, and he is also John Wesley Professor at Claremont Graduate School. It amazes me that a guy who believes the gospel to be a myth, and that Jesus was merely some sort of pithy sage, could actually take a paycheck from a "Christian" institution. Mack is a also Southern Baptist, who claims to remain a Southern Baptist only because it made so many of them mad. Swell.