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The Women, The Tomb, And The Climax Of Mark

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The &t;ending&t; of Mark is one of the most widely-known problems in New Testament studies, involving both text-critical and exegetical issues. This chapter hopes to deploy good reasons for holding that 16:1-8 was intended as an entirely meaningful, encouraging, and positive climax to the influential story of Jesus, and not the somewhat anti-climactic and ambiguous scene so often posited in scholarship today. Women are the sole human figures in Mark 16:18, and, as increasingly recognized today, they are also important in two key earlier scenes in the passion narrative (15:4041, 47). In 15:4041, three women observe Jesus crucifixion through the moment of his death. In 15:47 two of the same women observe where Jesus corpse was entombed.

Keywords: influential story of Jesus; Mark; New Testament studies; tomb; women disciples



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