Page 38 - A True Gospel Chronology from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection
P. 38

 It would be prudent to give some brief explanation here, concerning the abandonment of most modern translations of this text in Mark. One will notice if you use a modern translation that has been published within the last hundred years, that this text is either,
• completely left out of the gospel,
• is in parenthesis, or
• a footnote is given, stating "The most reliable early manuscripts and other ancient
witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20" ( the NIV).
Most, if not all modern translations (those published since the early twentieth century), were translated using different manuscripts than that of the King James Bible and other older translations.
The KJV used what is called the Textus Receptus as the basis of translation. The most modern translations used the Alexandrian Text, based upon a Greek New Testament compiled by Westcott and Hort, in the late nineteenth century.
Now, with regard to whether the ending of Mark was in the earliest texts or “other ancient witnesses,” there is an interesting document that is admitted to have been written from at least the third century (AD 200 - 300). This is earlier than the so-called early manuscripts. This document is known as The Gospel of Nicodemus.
Now, we are not going to get into an argument whether this document is real or fake. That is of little importance to the issue here. The interesting part is that a portion of it quotes the ending of Mark that has been called into question.
In this Gospel of Nicodemus, section 14, there is an account of three men, a priest, a teacher, and a Levite, who are giving witness to the ascension of Jesus. In their testimony, they say,
And Phinees a priest, and Adas a teacher, and Haggai a Levite, came down from Galilee to Jerusalem, and said to the rulers of the synagogue, and the priests and the Levites: We saw Jesus and his disciples sitting on the mountain called Mamilch; and he said to his disciples,
“Go into all the world, and preach to every creature: he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be condemned.

   36   37   38   39   40