I do enjoy it when one of these pitched academic battles bubbles up from arcane scholarship to the media surface.

In the new Jan 26/09 edition of The Nation, Anthony Grafton’s review of a 2008 academic-press volume—Morton Smith and Gershom Scholem: Correspondence, 1945-1982, by Guy G. Stroumsa, ed.—takes one more crack at the gay-Jesus/Secret Mark controversy, but with rather tentative conclusions:

I believe that Smith really found his letter, and that Scholem gave him the framework into which he inserted it. But that’s just what I think. Many will disagree. This time, the professor is the Cheshire cat. He smiles and is gone.

[read the review]

For one academic insider’s view of this story, check out these postings on Secret Mark, from Apocryphicity.