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The Last Twelve Verses Of Mark: Original Or Not?

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This chapter looks at the way in which one of the evangelists, Mark, closed his Gospel. But the author extended his investigation by looking at the opening verses of Mark as well. The chapter looks at the external evidence for the ending of Mark at 16:8, as well as at the linkage of vv. 89. It then examines the internal evidence for the Markan authorship of 16:920. This means that the chapter looks at the language and style of those verses, then their theological content. The external evidence shows quite clearly that from the earliest times the author have reliable information that Marks Gospel circulated in different forms with differing endings. The textual problems at the end of Mark and indeed the fluid text in much of the New Testament as a whole make talk of inerrancy, as narrowly defined by some, indefensible.

Keywords: external evidence; internal evidence; Marks Gospel; New Testament; Twelve Verses



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