I’m not exaggerating when I say that some skeptics, and even some Christians, and some scholars in both categories, will teach that if Mark ends his Gospel at 16:8 then it destroys Christianity as we know it. I think this is silly. But I also think it needs a response. After going through those over the top claims we will deal with the more subtle and thoughtful claims of those who say that there are internal and external reasons for thinking that Mark could not have meant for 16:8 to be the ending of his Gospel originally. All told I will walk through 7 specific claims against the shorter ending of Mark and give a case for how this seemingly strange ending is actually quite powerful and meant to cause us to sit with the massive implications of the death and resurrection of the Messiah, until we are stirred to action.
This is the last video in the Mark Series. I have SO enjoyed doing this with you and appreciate your prayers for me to have wisdom as I seek to launch into future series and videos. Next up is a thorough study of women in ministry (that will probably take months to prep, sorry for the wait) and then I’ll do a verse-by-verse teaching through the book of Hebrews, with the same sort of methods you’ve seen in the study of Mark.
This is part 70 of the Mark Series – a thorough verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of Mark paying special attention to theology, apologetics, and historical context.
See the WHOLE Gospel of Mark playlist HERE.
Here’s Kelley Iverson’s article, “A Further Word on Final Gar.”
The notes for many of my studies are also available for free on this website.