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The Canonical Status of the Longer Ending of Mark

Carl B. Bridges
Professor of New Testament
Johnson Bible College
cbridges@jbc.edu

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Abstract

Although Mark 16:9-20 does not appear in the earliest and best manuscripts of the Gospel, those verses go back to the second century and show similarities to the endings of Matthew, Luke, and John. Today’s church should consider the passage part of the canon because it agrees with the other Gospels and may have been composed to complete Mark for inclusion into a four-Gospel collection.

 
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