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The Endings of Mark

The MARK16 project has announced its second international conference, which will be held virtually on 2-3 June 2022. An impressive array of scholars and paper topics/abstracts has been published online, promising a wide-ranging discussion of this text-critical issue.

Most laypeople are familiar with two possible endings to the Gospel of Mark--either terminating at 16:8 with εφοβουντο γαρ ("for they were afraid") or continuing on verse 20 (the so-called "Long Ending"). However, there is also an "Intermediate Ending" and what is called the "Freer Logion" (a short passage wedged between vv. 14 and 15 of the Long Ending). And, of course, there are combinations of these (e.g., the Intermediate Ending followed by the Long Ending).

I will be presenting a paper on "Mark 16 and the Eusebian Apparatus: Greek and Latin Solutions" (abstract found here). The Eusebian Apparatus that accompanies many of the Gospel texts from the fourth century onward consists of marginal notations with two numbers: the incrementing Ammonian section numbers and the Eusebian canon numbers. The first merely divides the Gospels into numbered units, the second informs the reader how to look that unit up in the Eusebian tables that are usually found at the start of the Gospels. Because the Gospel of Mark comes in several different lengths, how to manage those Ammonian section numbers was a bit of a challenge at the end of chapter 16. Examining a wide range of both Greek and Latin manuscripts, some interesting solutions emerge.

The issue of Mark's ending will be discussed with much depth and I heartily look forward to it!

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