I will be giving a talk at Concordia University College of Alberta for a Philosophy and Religious Studies Colloquium on Thursday, February 26 at 4 pm. Here is the poster they have created for the event (Phi-Rel_Colloquium_Feb26_Poster_Proof). If the topic is of interest to you, I hope to see you there. 🙂
Why Did Mark’s Gospel Survive?
Abstract: As any survey of the manuscripts, citations and commentaries of the New Testament Gospels will demonstrate, Mark’s Gospel was extremely neglected in the early church. Further, over 90 percent of Mark’s content is also found in the highly esteemed Gospel of Matthew. Why, therefore, was Mark’s Gospel preserved at all when so many other Christian writings were lost in antiquity? I will explore the question of why Mark’s Gospel not only survived, but came to be included in the New Testament.
The lecture will be based on my book The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century.