Secret Gospel of Mark
This letter is attributed to Clement of Alexandria (150-215AD) with some dating the letter 100-205AD. Despite this, the current manuscript we have is heavily attacked as a forgery by many scholars. There are no manuscripts for this and is a quote by Clement referencing a Gospel about a heretic named Carpocrates trying to expand Mark’s Gospel..
Reasons for rejection/non-inclusion
- The letter is widely regarded as a forgery by Morton Smith who claimed to find the letter at Mar Saba monastery. They noted it sounded like a 1940 novel story “The Mystery of Mar Saba”
- The text has no external support as no other Church Father mentions this book, never mind positively!
- It appears to be a Gnostic adaptation of Mark’s Gospel from Clements illusions and references.
- It is late and outside the apostolic period of the 1st century
- Not inside a single Biblical canonical list