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Indisputable Texts That Support the Disputed Mark 16:9-20

December 22, 2012

So in finishing the sermon series on the Gospel of Mark I decided to teach/preach on 16:9-20.  This might seem strange given the fact that I believe Mark actually ends at 16:8.  For a more complete understanding as to why I made this decision, you’ll have to listen to the sermon here.  Nevertheless, part of the reason I decided to hit this text head on was a table I came across in James Hamilton’s God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment, p. 391.  This table gives a list of undisputed passages that support what we find in Mark 16:9-20.  Those in italics are mine.

Mark 16:9 Luke 8:2
Mark 16:10 John 20:11-18; Matt 28:9-10; Luke 24:10-11; John 16:20
Mark 16:11 Luke 24:11, 14; Matt. 28:17b
Mark 16:12-13 Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19, 26
Mark 16:14 Luke 24:41, 36-49; John 20:19-29; 1 Cor 15:1-11
Mark 16:15-16 Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 13:10; Luke 24:46-49; John 3:18; 20:21; Acts 1:8;

16:31; Rom 8:22; 10:9; Col 1:6, 23; 1 Pet 2:7-8; 3:21

Mark 16:17-18 John 14:12
Mark 16:17 Mark 9:38; Acts 2:3-4; 10:46; 19:6; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 6:10-18
Mark 16:18 Acts 28:3-4; James 5:13-16; cf. Luke 10:19
Mark 16:19 Luke 14:50-53; 24:50-51; Acts 1:2, 11, 22; 7:55-56; Rom 8:34; Eph 1:20;

Col 3:1; 1 Tim 3:16; Heb 1:3; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet 3:22; Rev 3:21

Mark 16:20 Acts 2-28; Heb 2:3-4

Even though this text is the biggest textual variant in the New Testament, it is still a faithful and consistent testimony of the Gospel and its work in the early church.

For more on the reliability of the Bible, see the post below.

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