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Mark 16:9-20

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  • Bob Schacht
    The Anchor Bible Dictionary describes the longer ending of Mark, usually versified as 16:9-20, as an amalgam of the other three Gospels that does not appear
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2000
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      The Anchor Bible Dictionary describes the "longer ending" of Mark, usually versified as 16:9-20, as an amalgam of the other three Gospels that does not appear in the earliest manuscripts.

      Is there a fairly solid consensus about that? Is there a consensus date for the composition 16:9-20, and if so, what is it?

      What theories are there of the composition of the longer ending? There are parallels, but it seems more like paraphrasing than literary dependence. For example, one compilation suggests:

      MarkMatthewLukeJohn
      9-10cp. 28:9-10cp. 20:14-18
      11-12cp. 24:13-35
      13-14cp. 20:19-23
      14cp. 24:36-43
      15cp. 20:24-29
      16-1728:16-20
      18-20cp. 24:50-51

      What grounds are there for supposing that the longer ending was compiled from the other three Gospels, rather than the other way around? I am aware that the longer ending of Mark is supposed to have non-Markan stylistic features, so let's grant for the sake of argument that the longer ending was not composed by the author of the rest of Mark. But might it not represent an early non-Markan Resurrection account that circulated independently at first, then became attached to Mark, and served as a source for Matthew, Luke and John?

      Bob
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