The shorter and longer endings in Mark are troublesome. They are hard for people to understand because the truth can make them question more than the issue in Mark. If you will remember a few days back, I said that the shortest manuscripts are the most accurate. That is because over time, people add to them. This is not to add more story or false events, but people add to commentate and help explain passages. At some point, we lose what was commentary and what was original to the writer.
In Mark, the ending was originally part of the best and shortest manuscripts but since then, we have found even older ones and they don’t have the ending at all. The shorter the better. But because this rattles so many people, they keep it in there with a footnote but truth be told we should ditch the last verses.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.