12. NOTES ON MARK 16:9 - 20.
In referring to Mark 16:9 –20, most N.K.J. Versions of the Holy Bible carry this note.
“Verses 9 – 20 are bracketed in the NU – Text as not original. They are lacking in Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, although nearly all other manuscripts of Mark contain them.”
This statement in the N.K.J. Version is saying that of nearly all the early Bible manuscripts of Mark, except the two used in writing the NU Greek Text contain Mark 16:9 – 20.
Stephen Hill in his book “God’s Covenant of healing,” in pages 38 & 39 writes:
“Although these two manuscripts are often identified as the oldest and best, they are not good manuscripts. In reality, they represent mutilated, poorly copied texts. The older of the two, the Vatican manuscript, has no recommendation from any ancient authority. One modern scholar admits that it contains hundreds of omissions of words and clauses. (There are seven ancient versions that include these verses which predate the Vatican manuscript.)”
Dr Charles V. Taylor, in his book “Bible with Holes?” on page 47 writes:
“It is totally false to claim that the passage is omitted in ‘many’ or ‘several’ old manuscripts. In fact it is omitted in less than 10 out of over 600 Greek manuscripts of Mark. Only two major manuscripts omit it.”
Dr. Taylor also points out that in the early Western churches, the four gospels were often bound in order: Matthew, John, Luke, Mark, and also divided up into a daily reading per page, and each daily reading ending with words meaning the end. Therefore if one of these daily reading books was to lose its last page, it would most likely lose Mark 16:9 – 20, and still end with the words “The End” written after Mark 16:8.
Stephen Hill also points out that many early church fathers quote this passage as being authoritative and inspired:
Papias (60 – 130 A.D.) Ambrose of Milan (339 – 397 A.D.)
Justin Martyr (100 – 165 A.D.) Chrysostum (347 – 420 A.D.)
Hippolytus (170 – 236 A.D.) Jerome (331 – 420 A.D.)
Eusebius (260– 340 A.D.) Augustine (354 – 430 A.D.)
Surely if the early church fathers, some going back over a hundred years before the writing of the incorrect manuscripts were written, quote this passage as being authoritative and inspired, what right do we have to suggest that it is not part of the original writings of Mark?
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