In the lecture that gave an introduction to the Gospel of Saint Mark at university today, there were some rather confusing statements made. They concern Markan authorship.
The professor made the argument that Mark had “catastrophic knowledge of Palestinian geography”, which would rule him out as the one mentioned in Acts, Colossians, Philemon and 2 Timothy. She cited two verses as examples.
Gerasa is not directly next to the sea of Galilee, but ca. 35 miles south.
Mark says they went from Tyros via Sidon to the Decapolis, but nobody would take such a detour.
Is there anything to say to this? I’m confused, having read through manuscripts, commentaries and such, but they all say different things.
Mark 14:12 apparently says that the first day of Unleavened Bread was identical with the day the Passover lamb was sacrificed, but that is inaccurate, for it actually falls on the day before the Passover.
Can anyone clear up what is meant by those verses? Is Mark simply wrong?