Armenian ending of Mark
- Metzger in "Early Versions of the New Testament" p 164 notes that several Armenian manuscripts of Mark have the so-called short ending (as found in Codex Bobiensis (k)).Is this ending found together with the long ending, or does it occur on its own at the end of Mark as in k ?Andrew Criddle
That's a good question. Colwell's 1937 article on the ending of Mark in Armenian MSS (accessible at JSTOR) mentions and describes Etchmiadzin 303, which is the only Armenian MS that Metzger cites by name as one that attests to the Shorter Ending, placed after the end of the Gospel of Luke, continuing the last verse without a break. (!)
In Etch-303, produced in century XII-XIII (Colwell's date), Mark 16:9-20 appears at the end of Mark (according to Colwell). Colwell also names three Armenian copies in which Mk. 16:9-20 is placed somewhere other than after Mk. 16:8, in List IV in the article.
In a footnote, Metzger refers to an article to support the statement that "several Armenian texts" support the Short Ending, but it is a 1950 article written in Armenian.
(There are some problems with some of Colwell's analysis, btw.)
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