The Ending of Mark in Old Georgian Witnesses
- Daniel Buck,
Sorry I didn't get to this sooner.
The Adysh MS (from 897) and the Opiza MS (913) do not contain the
Long Ending of Mark, but the Tbet' MS (995) does.
Misinformation has been spread about the Adysh MS. In "The Four
Gospels," B.H. Streeter relied on a statement from R.P. Blake as the
basis for the following claim: "In the oldest MS. of the Georgian
version, which is dated 897, the Gospel ends at xvi. 8. But the
"Longer Conclusion" (as the last twelve verses are usually styled) is
added as a sort of Appendix to the Four Gospels after the end of
John, having apparently been copied from another text." (p. 335, The
Four Gospels, © 1924, 1961 Macmillan & Co. Ltd.)
Others have echoed Streeter about this. However, Dr. Jost Gippert of
the University of Frankfurt, after examining a facsimile of the Adysh
MS, has assured me that the Adysh MS contains Mark 13:34-37 after the
end of John, NOT 16:9-20.
DB: "This is important as without geo1's testimony, Georgian (geo2)
is the only version that lacks attestation to the Long Ending of
The earliest discernible strata of the Georgian version reflects the
earliest discernible strata of the Armenian version (initially made
c. 411), in which the LE is absent (or at least separated) from the
Gospel of Mark. It's possible that an Armenian Gospels-Harmony may
have existed before that; perhaps Eznik of Kolb, in his apparent use
of material from the LE, was using such a text.
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.
Curtisville Christian Church