By Derek Elles
I am glad you came back so we can get to the bottom of this mysterious ending to Mark 16.
When reading this ending, it is immediately obvious that it was not part of the original due to its beginning not agreeing with the previous ending. It stars off with ‘Now’ and then focuses on Mary Magdalene and just forgets about the ‘women’ from the previous paragraph. Why is she introduced again by identifying her as the one who Christ cast out seven demons when that has already been done earlier on. Also, the angel said Christ would appear in Galilea and these verses talk about Jerusalem.
Another evidence is that the pronoun shift from feminine to masculine. Verse 10 uses a masculine pronoun ‘hós’ for ‘whom’ while talking about Mary. Also, there are several words that are never used anywhere else in Mark and others that do not appear anywhere in the New Testament. There are phrases that Mark never used either which are found in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. There are too many to present here, but I will identify one in verse 20. The participle for ‘worked’ used here is not found anywhere else in the Gospels and only here in Mark and neither are the words ‘confirmed’ or ‘followed’; These are constructs found only in the epistles of Paul. Of course, you will need to search the original Greek text to see this because in English, and other language translations, you will undoubtedly find these words, but not as used in the original language context.
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Lastly, when reading through these verses, we see some theme changes that seem out of place and that are not in line with the rest of Mark’s Gospel. Some things sound very familiar; and they are because they come from other Scriptural quotes. For instance, the restatement of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19. Also, the mention of baptism and being saved is only found here while the whole NT proclaims salvation by faith alone. Also, why would Christ talk about tongues when it did not occur until after His death, in the Apostolic age?
There is much more that point to these verses being penned by someone else and possibly even a group effort, but that’s all space allows for. Until next week. Blessings in Yahweh’s grace, mercy, and peace.
Blessings in Yahweh’s grace, mercy, and peace.
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