Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mark 16

The Resurrection

2 Mary's bought some spices to anoint the body of Jesus. They went to his tomb and found the big rock rolled away. When they went into the tomb they saw a man in white who said to not be afraid, Jesus has been resurrected.

In Matthew there was an earthquake and the rock was rolled away right in front of them. That is a pretty big difference in the stories. I can let it go that Mark said the guy in the tomb was a man in white and the Matthew story explicitly said it was an angel (although even that seems strange), but the earthquake is a pretty big deal.

Also, in my bible there is a note that says everything past this point in Mark is not in early manuscripts. So it is a forgery I guess? What is up with that?

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first and cast out 7 demons. She told everyone and they didn't believe it.

Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

After that happened, Jesus appeared in another form to 2 of the disciples, they went and told the rest and were not believed.

What does that mean, "in another form"?

The Great Commission

Jesus appeared to the eleven and was mad at them for not believing. He said they should go forth and proclaim the gospel to everyone. He says to cast out demons in his name. Believers can drink poison and not get hurt. Jesus then got taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

Believers can drink poison safely? Sounds like it's time for an experiment. Seriously though, these last couple of sections feel like they were written by a different person. This is an obvious forgery right?


  1. I'm just going to throw in the comparisons is more or less the same format as the last chapter. It makes for easier reference.

    Young man/Angel/Young Men etc tell them:;luke+24:49;acts+1:4

    Whether they believed what they saw when Jesus appeared to them. (In Luke he already appeared to Simon, so they believed him);luke+24:33-34

    Here he appears to 11 disciples. Corinthians says 12 John says 10 (Judas wasn't with them).;1+corinthians+15:5;john+20:24

    “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (verse 15) Who should they preach too?;matthew+10:5-6;matthew+15:24;acts+16:6 I've read that the different gospel writers had different audiences. One was writing for the Jews (can't remember who) and one for the gentiles another example. But if this is the case, wouldn't their agendas affect their writing and telling of the “truth?”

    “He who has believed and baptized shall be saved” (verse 16). There are so many things in the bible that say what you need to do to be saved, SAB has a great list here:

    I also have stuff “below” in the margins. I think this is all repeat stuff from the end of Matthew though but I'll list it for anyone else coming across this post. Here I just listed stuff that is different from Mark.

    How many women came to the sepulchre?;john+20:1;matthew+28:1;luke+24:1

    When did the women arrive?;john+20:1

    Was the tomb opened or closed?;mark+16:4

    Angles inside the tomb or outside the tomb?;matthew+28:2

    Were the angles or men standing or sitting?;luke+24:3-4

    Who did the women see at the tomb?;matthew+28:2;luke+24:3-4;john+20:12

    When did Jesus make his first appearance after the resurrection?;matthew+28:1;matthew+28:9;luke+24:13-31;1+corinthians+15:4-5

    When did Jesus ascend into heaven?;john+20:26-31;acts+13:3;acts+1:2-3;acts+1:9

  2. Thanks for all of the comparisons, it is pretty striking to see them all together in one spot.

    As to your remark about their different agenda changing what they say. Fundamentally, it doesn't have to affect the truth of what they say. It should be possible to focus on different details and still be truthful and accurate in both accounts. They clearly seem to fail at this and you are correct to say they don't do a good job of telling the truth, but I don't think it had to be this way.


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