Explanation of the Markan Ending

The ending of the Gospel of Mark (at 16:8) is one of the most bizarre pieces of writing in the New Testament. It makes best sense to see it as an indictment of the Apostles; an explanation for the squabbling which took place in the early church, a declaration of ultimate failure and only a small, hidden glimmer of future hope when the Christ would return. The ending is likely intentional in its pessimism, implying within it a regret that the last message of Jesus was never delivered. I have come to this conclusion after reading some exerpts of John Dominic Crossan.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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