Re: Augustine's Codices of Mark
- Dear Malcolm:
I'm not sure I understand your question. Here again is the
Augustine's citation of Greek manuscripts containing Mk. 16:12 is
in "Harmony of the Gospels," Book III, chapter 25. He first cites
Mk. 16:12 in a Latin form, in which the verse ends in the phrase "as
they walked and went to a country-seat." ("Villam" is probably
underlying "country-seat," as in the Vulgate.) Then he states, "In
the Greek codices, indeed, the reading which we discover is
rather 'estate' than 'country-seat.'"
This shows that Greek codices that were available to Augustine to
consult contained Mk. 16:9-20. Also, inasmuch as he quotes all of
Mk. 16:9-20 in the course of his Harmony, it is equally evident that
the passage was in the Latin text that he used.
As for the Retractations, I don't have a copy of it handy, but I
think that if Augustine had said anything specific to the effect that
Mk. 16:9-20 might not be authentic, we would have heard about it.
Probably the only thing that might be capable of interpreting as a
symptom of second thoughts about this is his statement, somewhere, to
the effect that the manuscripts in the more ancient and well-stocked
libraries of major sees. But by this he may be simply offering the
reader a way of sorting out the extremely diverse Latin texts,
without having any particular passage in mind.
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.
Minister, Curtisville Christian Church
Tipton, Indiana (USA)