Thursday, June 08, 2023

Ending of Mark Papers Published


The papers from the Mark 16 conference around this time last year have now been published in the latest issue of Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin. I haven't had a chance to read them yet myself but look forward to.

The Transmission of Mark’s Endings in Different Traditions and Languages

Papers presented at the International Workshop, Lausanne, 2–3 June 2022; ed. by Claire Clivaz, Mina Monier, and Dan Batovici

Introductory Essay

Greek and Latin Traditions

Other Languages

History of the Reception


  1. Hopefully the data in these papers will finally get the academic battleship turning.

    1. One would hope so; but I recall Bacon's ominous opening words of his essay, "On truth" : " 'What is truth?', said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. ".

  2. Nice paper by Regis Burnet on the ups and downs from Erasmus till the times of textual criticism doubts and confusions about the Mark ending.

    Mark 16 from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century: Why Were the Doubts not Expressed Earlier? (Regis Burnet)

    One point of interest can show us how early church (ECW) writer evaluations are quite variable, e.g. allusions can be missed or hand-waved.

    Johann Albrecht Bengel (1687-1752)is quoted with omitters, you can see his more complete list here:

    Apparatus criticus ad Novum Testamentum (1763)
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    And the Jodocus Coccius (1581-1622) pro-inclusion ECW section is excellent and can be seen here:here:

    Thesaurus catholicus in quo controversiae fidei (1599)

    Coccius also has a fine section on the heavenly witnesses.

    Note the birth date question, did he do this work at about 18 years of age?

    You will see that many writers are on both lists, omitters and includers.

    And some of the omitters will also be changed by looking at the modern writers like Nicholas P. Lunn and James Snapp, Jr.