reply to post by LightningStrikesHere
The last twelve verses are missing from the oldest manuscripts of Mark's Gospel
Has this ever been in doubt? The bible is a compilation from many sources, old and new testament. You probably have seen this thread, one of the great
shocks to the bible's credibility
Oldest bible now online
... and this makes good supplementary reading, a comprehensive overview
The Forged Origins of the New Testament, by Tony Bushby
The (post-Nero) Nicaean fiddlings included many editings, orderings and additions to complete the compilation of Constantine's politically motivated
work that was purposely biased towards the Pauline version of Jesus' teachings (again to the emperor's advantage in terms of apostolic succession).
Add to this we have all the Sumerian and Babylonian influences to the old testament and tra la la la la ...
The bible's many contradictions in both old and new testament like the differing accounts of the resurrection, and many other unresolved issues like
the repeated use of gods (in plural), make it difficult for us lesser, critically-thinking mortals to take it at face value, or as having been
divinely inspired (or written).
So accept it as an interesting read and a code to living a good life, but historically correct
edit on 15-6-2012 by KenArten because: spelling correction