Corrupting the Gospels “in Jesus name”

I give here the history of “Strange” Endings of Gospel of Mark:

James Tabor presents a fresh look at the original text of the earliest Gospel (of Mark), published by < https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/  > titled “The “Strange” Ending of the Gospel of Mark and Why It Makes All the Difference”. I will give excerpts from it but the article merits to be studied in full, please:

The original short ending of Gospel of Mark:

“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing (Mark 16:6-8)

And there the Gospel simply ends!

Mark gives no accounts of anyone seeing Jesus as Matthew, Luke, and John later report. In fact, according to Mark, any future epiphanies or “sightings” of Jesus will be in the north, in Galilee, not in Jerusalem.

This original ending of Mark was viewed by later Christians:

  1. as so deficient
  2. that not only was Mark placed second in order in the New Testament,
  3. but various endings were added by editors and copyists in some manuscripts to try to remedy things.
  4. The longest concocted ending, which became Mark 16:9-19,
  5. became so treasured that it was included in the King James Version of the Bible,
  6. favored for the past 500 years by Protestants,
  7. as well as translations of the Latin Vulgate, used by Catholics.
  8. This meant that for countless millions of Christians it became sacred scripture–but it is patently bogus.
  9. You might check whatever Bible you use and see if the following verses are included–the chances are good they they will be, since the Church, by and large, found Mark’s original ending so lacking.

Here is that forged ending of Mark:

“Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover. So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.”

Even though this ending is patently false, people loved it, and to this day conservative Christians regularly denounce “liberal” scholars who point out this forgery, claiming that they are trying to destroy “God’s word.”

it is pretty evident that what the forger did was take sections of the endings of Matthew, Luke and John (marked respectively in red, blue, and purple above) and simply create a “proper” (or corrupted) ending.”

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