For the authenticity of the story of the naked man, see J. M. Ross, “The Young Man Who Fled Naked, Mark 14:51–2, ” Irish Biblical Studies 13/3 (1991), pp. 170–174. The beginning of the story differs slightly in Matthew and Mark. Matthew adds that Jesus stated directly that he wanted to “go away” to pray. Therefore, when it is written that he “took to himself” (paralabōn) Peter and the sons of Zebedee, it not clear whether he had departed or was just about to. At any rate, the narrative makes it clear that the three apostles really stayed with the other disciples, for all of them together “forsook him and fled” (Matthew 26:56) when Jesus came back and was confronted by the arrest party.