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Title: The Naked Young Man
Subtitle: A Historian’s Hypothesis on Mark 14,51-52
Author(s): HAREN, Michael J.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 79    Issue: 4   Date: 1998   
Pages: 525-531
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.79.4.3200637

Abstract :
The article starts from the premiss that the young man in question - whatever his subsequent symbolical value - was a historical person. It notes the proximity of his association with Jesus implied by the evangelist’s usage. It comments on the fact that in the sources for the Passion there is only one figure besides Jesus who was the object of a projected arrest by the authorities and one figure besides Jesus on whom an arrest is known to have been actually attempted. Suggesting that the historian dealing with secular sources would be prompted to consider an identification accordingly, the article examines the implications.

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