The Gospel of Mark: Priority Does not Mean Primacy
by James Tabor
I have a new “Op-Ed” piece just posted at the Web site Bible & Interpretation. If you don’t know the site you might spend some profitable time exploring its many features and thick archives, drawing in a “Who’s Who” from the world of Biblical Studies and Archaeology.
My essay deals with the thorny question of whether or not the description of the “Last Days of Jesus” (scholars call this the “Passion Narrative) in the Gospel of John is dependent or independent of Mark, our earliest Gospel. And further, if John is independent, as I argue, does it rest upon sources that might in fact be more primitive, and potentially more reliable, for getting at the “historical Jesus.” You can read the entire essay here: