Mark’s Ending

Jesse Johnson at the Cripple Gate has a great discussion on the ending of Mark. Check it out here.

Also, check out yesterday’s post on imaging God in work, leisure and play from Scripture here.


One thought on “Mark’s Ending

  1. No; his discussion is long on confidence and rhetoric but short on facts. I responded to him at the Cripplegate blog, but I don’t know what the discussion-methods there are like, so just in case my comment disappears — well, it is harmless to reproduce the gist of the comment:

    I am not convinced that Jesse Johnson has really looked into the evidence pertaining to Mark 16:9-20. I think that he is basing his approach on a recent sermon by Dr. John MacArthur. The problem is, that sermon (“The Fitting End of Mark’s Gospel”) was saturated with mistakes, inaccuracies, and misrepresentations. In the course of his blog-entry he repeats one of those false claims, and this probably indicates that Jesse has not really tested Dr. MacArthur’s claims but is simply repeating them enthusiastically, the same way that many commentators have echoed some false and misleading claims about Mark 16:9-20 that were made by Dr. Bruce Metzger.

    In addition, Jesse seems willing to reject a passage of Scripture — in this case, one that has at least three solid pieces of attestation from the 100’s, and which is supported by over 30 pieces of widespread patristic support from the days of the Roman Empire, and which is attested by 99.9% of all extant Greek copies of Mark 16 — on the grounds that it was added by a secondary contributor. This is problematic because many a passage, though likewise secondary, is canonical — Jeremiah 52, Proverbs 30-31, various Psalms, etc.

    If Jesse visits YouTube and attentively watches my response to Dr. MacArthur’s problematic claims — a search for “Fitting End False Claims Mark 16:9-20” should bring up all three parts of the response — and if he also watches two additional lectures I have posted at YouTube – “Mark 16:9-20 and Some Patristic Evidence” and “Mark 16:9-20 and the Abrupt Ending” — he may find that the foundation for his current confident rejection of Mark 16:9-20 is rather shaky.

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.

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