Friday, January 22, 2010

The Long Ending of Mark

"This passage, termed the Longer Ending to the Marcan gospel by comparison with a much briefer conclusion found in some less important manuscripts, has traditionally been accepted as a canonical part of the gospel and was defined as such by the Council of Trent." [source]

I didn't know that, or if I did at one time, I've since forgotten it.

Interesting tidbit: Every reference I've checked so far indicates Luther treated the long ending as Sacred Scripture.

A contemporary Luther's, the great Roman Catholic theologian Cardinal Cajetan,doubted the authenticity of Mk 16:9-20.

1 comment:

Viisaus said...

Cajetan was in all likelihood a product of Italian Cinquecento Renaissance humanist culture that self-confidently thought it could do without the bounds of old medieval scholasticism.

Back in those days, even Roman popes themselves could be freethinkers or outright unbelievers (for example, it was widely suspected that Leo X was an Epicurean.)