Did Columbia University professor Morton Smith forge the famous Clement letter containing two passages from a secret and different copy of the Gospel of Mark?
A number of scholars have concluded, on inadequate grounds in our view, that Smith was a forger.
Oddly enough, despite the scores of articles and books that have been written on the subject, no one has bothered to consult a handwriting expert in the language in which the alleged forged letter is written: Greek.
Venetia Anastasopoulou is a prominent handwriting expert living in Athens who has frequently testified in Greek courts.
Read the full article and download the report of Venetia Anastaspoulou at Did Morton Smith Forge ‘Secret Mark’? A Handwriting Expert Weighs In – Biblical Archaeology Review.
As a bit of background:
In 1973, when Morton Smith presented to the world the Clement letter and an unknown “secret” gospel of Mark, was he revealing an amazing Biblical manuscript discovery or attempting a risky scholarly stunt? With the help of the experts, our four-part treatment sets the scene of the find at Mar Saba monastery in the Judean Desert (“Secret Mark”: An Amazing Discovery)<!– (p. 44)–>, presents the case for forgery (“Secret Mark”: Morton Smith—Forger)<!– (p. 49)–>, examines the textual tradition that could indicate authenticity (“Secret Mark”: Was Morton Smith a Great Thespian and I a Complete Fool?)<!– (p. 54)–> and offers BAR’s unique editorial assessment to sum up the evidence (“Secret Mark”: Restoring a Dead Scholar’s Reputation.)