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Mark 1:1–3 — A Later Addition To The Gospel?

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The exegetical and textual problems in the opening verses of Marks Gospel are known. There are theological problems too, because the opening verses which concern the beginning of the gospel, lead into an account of the coming of John the Baptist: commentators strive to explain the prominence given by Mark to the Baptist and note the contrast with the other gospels, which have already established the priority or preeminence of Jesus before John is introduced. C.H. Roberts and T.C. Skeat in their work on the codex point to the vulnerability of the outer leaves of works written in codex form. The codex form was already being used by Christians from the beginning of the second century. Marks original Gospel occurred within the first fifty years of its composition and publication. The later additions to the end and indeed the beginning of Mark could have been made in the second centur.

Keywords: codex; Gospel; Jesus; later additions; Mark



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