From: Curtis Johnson
To: Bob Eyer
Date: Jan 27 1998 9:26:15 am
Subject: doubting gods
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JS> read the scripures.. and tell me if it says what I say it is saying
JS> compared to what the dork is saying...

> You didn't even need to pick up the New Testament yourself.
> I posted the verses from the end of GMark to you.
> GMark 16:17-18.  The last words of Jesus before becoming
> an astronaut.

BE> My impression is that most university Bible scholars consider the
BE> correct ending of Mark to be the 8th verse of Chapter 16.  See

Ah, don't ruin my strategy!  I wanted to first let his
dilemma sink in before offering him this way out--which of course
would only boggle his mind more.
Of course, as you've probably already noticed, it's
probably futile to attempt to get Shaugnessy to think enough
to realize he's in trouble.

BE> Biblical scholars largely came to this conclusion toward the end
BE> of the last century, as a result of the discovery of two NT Greek
BE> manuscripts older than any that had previously been known:
BE> Vaticanus (located in the Vatican Library, but ignored by the
BE> Catholic Church until the German scholar Tischendorf realised that
BE> it revealed both the Protestant and Catholic 'textus receptus' to
BE> have been peppered with late forgeries) and Sinaiticus (found in
BE> the Sinai Peninsula).  These two mss.  are the only ones which
BE> date as early as the 4th century.

They are also interesting in having non-canonical texts
as part of their "New Testament"--Shepherd of Hermas, Epistle of
Barnabas, etc.

BE> Modern English editions of the Bible (RSV, NIV, NRSV) point out
BE> that the material after Mark 16.8 is not found in the earliest
BE> mss.  There are three major interpolations:  The one usually
BE> found in the KJV is known as the Longer Ending.  It is probably
BE> a forgery.

The NAB is the only Bible I've seen that actually prints
these alternate endings.  Amusingly, one of these endings is
by itself in some MSS, and interpolated into the Longer Ending
in others (and as you pointed out, the LE itself is an interpol-

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