Half of a Scholarly Love Letter to Markus Vinzent; or, Why the Gospel of Mark is Both Early and Late

Vinzent chalks up the development of the canonical Gospels as a response to Marcion, and there is a lot of truth in that view. While most scholars see Vinzent’s work as completely untenable and out of the mainstream, I find it to be enormously valuable as giving us half of the story. My discovery of the First Gospel and reconstruction of the Third Gospel (Early Luke or the Gospel of Marcion) builds on the consensus scholarly view that Mark was the first Gospel composed and yet still provides the means to reconcile it with Vinzent’s view that the Gospel of Mark reflects a clear, late redactional program that may well be anti-Marcionite.

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Honor Roll

No real accomplishment or contribution to human society and learning is ever made in isolation by a single person. While it is still way too early to claim anything remotely approaching scholarly consensus around my discovery of the First Gospel and reconstruction of the Third Gospel, I would still like up front to thank many people who made my scholarly journey possible. These thanks are by no means an indication of any endorsement of my work or views. They are instead simply my heartfelt expressions of gratitude for what others have brought and meant to me.

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Summary Highlights of the Newly Reconstructed Third Gospel (GMarc, 80s CE)

Again, as a courtesy to readers, I distill down the highlights from my findings about the Gospel of Marcion (GMarc), the third major Gospel compilation created and popularized in the Jesus tradition. Building on the initial 135 page elaboration of my ten Socratic assumptions and five theses about the Gospel of Marcion, followed by 225 pages of proofs of my five scientifically testable hypotheses, I am continuing to reconstruct the text of GMarc and Qn (the First Gospel) carefully each day.

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