By Julie M. Smith
Virtually all scholars believe that Mark 16:9–20 was not originally part of the Gospel for the following reasons:
- Some ancient manuscripts lack it and some of those that include it have a note that the text is disputed.
- It is difficult to imagine why a copyist would omit it; it is much easier to imagine a copyist adding it.
- Several early Christian writers appear to know copies of the Gospel of Mark that do not include Mark 16:9-20. Continue reading