Thursday, May 21, 2009

About this blog

The purpose of this blog, first and foremost, is to follow the academic debate concerning Clement's Letter to Theodore and the (so-called) Secret Gospel of Mark.

Other than that, this blog will follow the model of your average biblioblog. In this definitive list of over 200 biblioblogs (The Biblioblog Top 50) I can find only one from Finland, Stefan Green's "Exegetisk Teologi", written in Swedish (the other official language of the land). With not much of a competition in this field, Salainen evankelista (the name means "Secret Evangelist" in English) will feature discussion of early Christianity, extra-canonical early Christian writings and the New Testament, and contemporary conspiracy theories, most probably in reverse order of importance.

EDIT: From January 2010 onward the blog will also feature whining discussion of the high and low points of pursuing a PhD.

In my pursuit of a Ph.D, beginning from next January if nothing goes amiss, I will also need to learn to write English without much effort and in an academic manner. And without the all too frequent grammatical blunders. Therefore, beginning right away, I will offer short English Summaries of all my postings originally written in Finnish. Most of these will concern the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (with 4 294 199 members in the end of 2008, or 81,7% of the population), of which I am a lay member, or other non-academic topics.

On top of that, Salainen evankelista will host my (half-)academic articles published in a Finnish magazine Vartija, and provide a link to my Master's Thesis once it is accepted to E-thesis, a collection of dissertations, theses and serials from University of Helsinki.

Edit: E-Thesis has published my Master's Thesis in pdf-format. Only abstract in English; relevant bits will be translated to English in this blog during the summer of 2009. Grab it here.

2 comments:

  1. Robert Conner's 40+ page essay on the Secret Gospel of Mark controversy is available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/36964375/A-Letter-to-Theodore. It has been reposted to this site at the urging and kind assistance of my publisher.

    The material was previously available on a website that I let lapse for sheer lack of interest in this subject. I consider that the Letter to Theodore has at the very least a >90% probability of being authentic and regard the arguments against it produced thus far as a perfect case study of everything that is fraudulent within the field of New Testament studies.

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  2. Congrats for the blog, Timo, interesting stuff. Keep up the good work!

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