The “Original” Ending of Mark?


Larry Hurtado's Blog

Last year I was given copy of a recent book that presents an argument for Mark 16:9-20 being the authentic ending of the Gospel of Mark:  Nicholas P. Lunn, The Original Ending of Mark:  A New Case for the Authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 (Eugene, OR:  Pickwick Publications, 2014).  It’s a substantial book, and the author has clearly invested a good deal of effort in it.  Moreover, it’s generally free of the sniping sort of comments about those with whom he disagrees that one sees in some (here un-named) advocates of a similar position.  But I have to say that it’s noble failure to make the case.

To be sure, Lunn is able to score a point here and there in correcting the occasional statement of evidence by some commentators on Mark, especially when discussing the “external evidence” (i.e., evidence of manuscripts and the witness of ancient Christian writers).

But there are…

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