Wednesday, August 11, 2010

NT Pod 40: "Teeth will be provided": the joke, the hoax, the story

NT Pod 40 discusses an amusing agraphon that turned out to be a hoax, and the joke that preceded it. It is just under ten minutes long.

NT Pod 40: "Teeth will be provided" (mp3)
NT Pod 40: "Teeth will be provided" (mp3) (Alternative location)

Key texts: Matt. 24.51


Ehrman, Bart D., Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003): 69-70

Carlson, Stephen C., The Gospel Hoax: Morton Smith's Invention of Secret Mark (Waco, Tex: Baylor University Press, 2005): 17-19

Metzger, Bruce, "Literary Forgeries and Canonical Pseudepigrapha," JBL 91 (1972): 3-24

Coleman-Norton, Paul, "An Amusing Agraphon," CBQ 12 (1950): 439-49.

"Anecdotes", Annie Besant (ed.), Our Corner V (1885): 120.

"Under the Spreading Chesnut Tree," Everybody's Magazine XXIV (January-June 1911): 142.

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  1. I hadn't ever heard of the joke, much less the hoax. Fun summer listening. Thanks Mark.

    Fr. Dan

  2. Any chance of a podcast on Secret Mark and the controversy about that hoax (if one is inclined to call it a hoax)?

  3. Nice idea. Will give it some thought.