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Secret of the Savior: The Myth of the Messiah in Mark Hardcover

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761861459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761861454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,633,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sid Martin is a religious researcher with a master of theological studies degree in Biblical studies from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also a practicing attorney who specializes in legal research and writing.

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Sid Martin holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His master's thesis was on the Gospel of Mark. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa and is a practicing attorney specializing in legal research and writing. He did graduate work in Political Science at the University of Colorado, the University of Illinois, and the Free University of Berlin. He belongs to All Souls Unitarian Church and serves on the Newcomers Board, Care Team, and Library Committee. He has two grown twin sons and German Shepard name Jaeger.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Madison on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While this is a scholarly work, the book is written in very accessible prose, and presents Martin's hypothesis very simply in the introduction; that the book of Mark (the prototype of all the gospels) was an Essene allegory for the history and salvation of Israel - that Jesus was likely a composite character that represented the events of salvation of the nation of Israel. The purpose of this allegory was to shore up Essene believers in the face of the destructive events in Israel in the First Century C.E.. I was fascinated to learn of the commonality of the allegory in that period of history and in the Greek, Roman and Judaic cultures.

Martin sets about thoroughly explicating the gospel, drawing and justifying the parallels between Mark's story of Jesus and the historic events surrounding the destruction of Israel. Martin's commitment to scholarly objectivity is impressive in his evaluation of the historic scholarship and evidence surrounding the question of Jesus' historicity. Did a real person exist corresponding to the Jesus in the Christian Bible? Though that question is not central to Martin's thesis, this book may have the best assessment you will come across in order to have your answer.
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