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originally posted by: vethumanbeing
a reply to: ChesterJohn
Which Bible; I have 5 versions of it.
No serious biblical scholar believes anything past Mark 16:8 is by the author of the gospel of 'Mark' (whoever he was, since the gospel originally circulated anonymously). The Greek linguistic style of utterance of the verses in Mark 16:9-20 (vocabulary, sentence length, phraseology, spelling, diction, grammar, syntax etc. are all different from the rest of the book, and there is more than one ending (a shorter ending and a longer one) in various MSS. The longer ending is not found in Codex Sinaiticus and in Codex Vaticanus, two early uncial MSS (c. 350 CE). The longer ending (Mark 16:9-20) uses a long list of non Markan words.
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: vethumanbeing
Why don't you do a thread on the Song of Solomon. I would be interested in reading your study of it and any problems you see with it.
The verses in question have been in every Bible we know about in history in every language it was ever printed in, except the liberal RSV that removed them, and then the NRSV put them back in again.
Even critical text versions like the ESV, NIV, NASB and the modern Catholic versions keep these verses in their "bible" versions, although sometimes in brackets or in smaller italicized letters. When you see the footnote the "oldest and best manuscripts omit" or the NIV footnote "The most reliable early manuscripts omit Mark 16:9-20" know that they are referring to Sinaiticus and Vaticanus.
To see what these "oldest and best manuscripts" are REALLY like, go here for many examples of their utter corruption and disagreement even between themselves.
The confusion and doubt thrown upon these inspired verses of Scripture can be seen in the modern versions themselves. The RSV of 1952 actually omits all twelve verses from their text and places them in small italicized letters at the bottom of the page. Then the NRSV, and the ESV (both revisions of the RSV) have put them back in the text in brackets and separated from the rest of the chapter and with a note: "SOME of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9-20."
SOME!?! I thought "some" meant several, not TWO! The NASB is interesting in that it continues to change from one edition to the next. The 1960 NASB brackets verses 9-20 and footnotes "Some of the oldest mss. omit." Then it adds another ending to Mark. Addition "And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation."