The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark Vindicated Against Recent Critical Objectors and Established

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J. Parker, 1871 - Bible - 334 pages
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In this thorough work -- much maligned in the late 1800's, and still today, on "ad style-em" grounds -- John Burgon makes a case for the genuineness of Mark 16:9-20. For much of the book, he is not advancing his own case, but is untying the knots of misinformation which had been tied by previous researchers.
Whether one is persuaded by Burgon or not on the larger question of the source of Mark 16:9-20, his work is clearly the result of hundreds if not thousands of hours of investigation. It must have taken years to acquire the data that is in the appendices alone.
The flaws in some of Burgon's arguments -- such as the view that the Peshitta is a second-century witness (a view that was by no means unique to Burgon in the 1800's) -- are far outweighed by the corrective effect of his criticisms. If more people would simply read and understand this freely available resource, many fewer commentators, professors, and preachers, would be spreading shamefully inaccurate claims about the manuscript-evidence and patristic-evidence regarding this passage.

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Page 143 - And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water,, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. 1 1 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Page xvi - They shall take up serpents ; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them ; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Page 143 - Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I -am well pleased. 12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
Page xvi - Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
Page 180 - Wherefore, of these men which have companied with us, all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Page 47 - And, behold, there was a great earthquake : for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
Page 143 - And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea : for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Page xvi - Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

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