The Original Ending of Mark: A New Case for the Authenticity of Mark 16:9-20

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James Clarke & Co, Apr 30, 2015 - Religion - 390 pages
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Although traditionally accepted by the church through the centuries, the longer ending of Mark's Gospel (16:9-20) has been relegated by modern scholarship to the status of a later appendage. The arguments for such a view are chiefly based upon the witness of the two earliest complete manuscripts of Mark, and upon matters of language and style. This work shows that these primary grounds of argumentation are inadequate. It demonstrates that the church fathers knew the Markan ending from the very earliest days, well over two centuries before the earliest extant manuscripts. The quantity of unique terms in the ending is also seen to fall within the parameters exhibited by undisputed Markan passages. Strong indications of Markan authorship are found in the presence of specific linguistic constructions, a range of literary devices, and the continuation of various themes prominent within the body of the Gospel. Furthermore, the writings of Luke show that the Gospel of Mark known to this author contained the ending. Rather than being a later addition, the evidence is interpreted in terms of a textual omission occurring at a later stage in transmission, probably in Egypt during the second century.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Biblical Manuscripts
21
Patristic Citations
61
Vocabulary and Style
117
Other Features
165
6 Literary Evidence
209
7 Thematic Evidence
241
The Question of Dependence
273
9 Miscellaneous Issues
318
10 The Cause of the Problem
336
11 Summary and Conclusion
356
Bibliography
361
Back cover
373
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Nicholas P. Lunn is a Translation Consultant with Wycliffe Bible Translators UK and an Associate Tutor at Spurgeon's College, London.

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