Streaking in the Bible? – Mark 14:27-53

From my reading in Mark 14:27-53 in the One Year New Testament.

This is one of those verses in the Bible that shows the awkward humanity of those who followed Jesus.

“One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him, he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.” Mark 14:51–52

It is hypothesized that this “young man” was Mark himself because why else would Mark include these weird couple of verses. Walford and Zuck write in the Bible Knowledge Commentary,

“This unusual episode, unique to Mark, supplements verse 50 emphasizing the fact that all fled, leaving Jesus completely forsaken. Most interpreters believe that this young man (neaniskos, a person in the prime of life, between 24 and 40 years of age) was Mark himself.”

Even if the young man was not Mark, these verses show detail about an event that if it was not true would no have been included.

It is stories like these that give the Bible interesting details and additional authenticity. 

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