“WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS.” In the Mar Saba letter, Clement explains that the Carpocratians have polluted good doctrine by mixing true things with false ones, “so that, as the saying goes, even salt loses its savor.” Many of Smith’s critics have jumped on this reference as an anachronism, claiming that rock salt could not be mixed in ancient times, and thus lose its savor. The technology to make granulated, “mixable” salt was invented in modern times, the accusers say, by none other than the Morton Salt Company (and touted in this ad from the 1950s). Was this anachronistic reference to salt (if it is one) planted in the Clement letter by the forger as a joke and a clue to his own guilt? Would Morton Smith dare try such a stunt?