Timo S. Paananen’s blog now points us to the results for BAR‘s second handwriting expert. Apparently the expert failed to meet several deadlines and has not yet submitted a written report. Instead, through phone conversations he has communicated that he believes the Secret Gospel of Mark was forged by Morton Smith. One wonders whether we will ever have a sufficiently definitive answer regarding the Secret Gospel of Mark. This lack of clarity is very disappointing. I will need to wait and read the full written report from that handwriting expert (if he does indeed submit it). However, the reasoning of the expert as spelled out by Shanks in relation to phone conversations seems less than compelling as a definitive answer.