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Concerning the ending of Mark's Gospel
Shlama all,

A colleague of mine has brought to my attention that currently on BBC radio 4 (best bbc channel IMHO) they are reading Sisters of Sinai, the story of the Sinai palimpsest.

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That's the one where ending is missing.

If you interested listen to it quick, before it goes away ... it's the book of the week, unfortunately episode 1 (Monday) is not available at the moment.

The story of the so-called Sinai palimpsest is about two women finding a written-over Aramaic NT text that was apparently a discarded version of somebody's attempt to a Greek NT version into Aramaic. This so-called Old Syriac text (called Old Scratch by Paul Younan) is not related to the Peshitta and is not of any scholarly value and a waste of time to read or watch stories about.

Shlama Otto,

Yeah, yeah, we know. Why do you think I put this information in this thread? Let me ask you a question - does the palimpsest have the second ending of Mark or it does not? It is a nice story of two spinsters (well, widows) on the quest of some scratched texts. If anyone wants to listen to it here it was.

I beg to differ - listening to this story is not a complete waste of time and I think it might be of interest to some, for example you can learn how you can easily get some honorary university degrees <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/wink1.gif" alt="Wink" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->. You can also learn about the way some of the manuscripts were found and what was considered a "great find" or who was supposed to be "greatly learned". Or that those sisters were determined and learned Greek, Arabic and Hebrew and added Aramaic to that and made a use of it. It is encouraging. This palimpsest is still the oldest NT manuscript in Syriac, isn't it?

With peace and blessings,
Hi !

I've found a pretty interesting hypothesis over the ending of Mark's Gospel.

Christian Amphoux is a French scholar who has been working for years over the Codex Bezea (most complete old Greek manuscript of the Gospel, with a Latin translation). He believes that in the first times of Christianity, the 4 gospels where in the order : Matt., John, Luke, Mark (this order is found in many antic manuscripts has you might know, and do correspond with an "apostolic priority" : first the apostles who knew Christ, then the others). The ending of Mark's Gospel could have been not only "the ending of Mark's Gospel", but a general conclusion of the 4 gospels together. That would explain why some further manuscripts, choosing a different order in the gospels, did not include this ending. Note that this is an hypothesis, of course, but I found it very clever.

Let me know your thoughts about it.

Samuel L.
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