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.


  1. Robert Conner's 40+ page essay on the Secret Gospel of Mark controversy is available at 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.

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