Per Beskow

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Per Erik Beskow (23 December 1926 − 3 March 2016) was a Swedish biblical scholar.[1][2] He was born in Stockholm.


His Strange Tales (1985) is a collection of essays and researches into modern apocrypha, what Beskow later (2011) preferred to term "mystifications." These included investigations into Edmund Bordeaux Szekely's hoax "Essene Letter" (1937) and others. Strange Tales was one of the first books to cast doubt on Morton Smith's Secret Gospel of Mark. Smith responded by threatening to sue Fortress Press.[3] Strange Tales (1985) also covered, in English, the subject of his earlier Jesus i Kashmir : Historien om en legend (1981) dealing with claims of Jesus' travels to India. Beskow updated his researches on these "mysteries" in The Blackwell Companion to Jesus (2011).


  1. ^ Bio-bibliographies de 134 Savants. (Répertoires, Tome I). p 51 Jacques Duchesne-Guillemin, Université de Liège - 1979 Per E. BESKOW Born in Stockholm in 1926. Studies at Uppsala (in Paris 1953-54 with P. Daniélou). Doctor of theology in 1962. Lecturer of Comparative Religion (religionshistoria) at Uppsala 1966.
  2. ^ "Per Beskow har avlidit". 
  3. ^ The Blackwell Companion to Jesus ed. Delbert Burkett - 2011 CHAPTER 28 Modern Mystifications of Jesus Per Beskow "Within Christian circles, there has always been literature that attempts to supplement the narratives of the gospels and to reinterpret the events in the life of Christ..."