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2949New Ending to the Gospel of Mark?

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  • Wieland Willker
    Feb 23, 2007
      This may turn out to be interesting:

      Stephen Carlson alerts us on his blog to this:

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      On the Crosstalk list, James Ernest, “new Markan ending?” (Feb. 18, 2007), points out an intriguing article from BYU, Mysteries of Ancient Egyptian Papyri Revealed (Feb. 14, 2007). Here’s the beef:

      "Three BYU professors have uncovered mysteries in ancient Egyptian writings aided by new technology that allows people to see inscriptions invisible to the naked eye.

      The professors Roger Macfarlane, Stephen Bay and Thomas Wayment, have been working on deciphering these writings on papyrus found in an Egyptian dump where an ancient city known as Oxyrhynchus previously existed. The papyri are now housed at the University of Oxford in England and studied by various scholars around the globe.

      The technology developed by BYU called multispectral imaging, can penetrate through dirt, stains and other material on the papyri, making it possible to expose obscured lettering.

      Specific material in these texts include an unidentified Christian apocryphal Gospel, a new ending to the Gospel of Mark, a different version of two verses in the book of Philemon, and a missing section in Luke 22:43-44. In the King James Version, these verses in Luke talk about Christ shedding blood in the Garden of Gethsemane."

      A “new ending to the Gospel of Mark”? What can they possibly be talking about?

      MORE: In any case, a new Oxyrhynchus papyrus scrap of Mark (even without a “new ending”) would be noteworthy. As best as I can tell from POxy: Oxyrhynchus Online, no copy of the Gospel according to Mark has yet been found among them.

      UPDATE: April DeConick asks if multispectral analysis can “help us with Saying 30 in the Gospel of Thomas?” (Feb. 19, 2007).

      NOTE: An email inquiry of mine (Feb. 20, 2007) has not yet been answered, but, as of Feb. 21, 2007, the news article has now disappeared from the BYU site.

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      Just to repeat this:

      - an unidentified Christian apocryphal Gospel
      - a new ending to the Gospel of Mark
      - a different version of two verses in the book of Philemon,
      - and a missing section in Luke 22:43-44


      Best wishes
      Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
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