What Happened to Those Verses? Part One

Since I’ve been preaching through the Gospel of Mark for about nine months total (with a few weeks off here and there) I thought I’d share with you one of the most daunting aspects of preaching through this particular book. If you pay attention to the last chapter of Mark in your English Bible, most of you will notice that verses 9-20 are marked in some way (probably with brackets) and a note is added telling you that the earliest manuscripts do not contain these verses.

What Happened to Those Verses? Part Two

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an introductory article about the so-called “missing” or “added” verses at the end of the Gospel of Mark. In that article I said that when we speak of the inerrancy of the New Testament writings, we are not talking about our English translations or even my printed Greek Bible that is sitting on my desk; rather, we are talking about the original, hand-written manuscripts of the New Testament writers. These are called “autographs.”

Donkeys and Differences in the Gospels

One of the more challenging aspects of teaching or preaching through the gospels is trying to do justice to the text in front of you without ignoring what the other three gospel writers have to say regarding any given story. The four gospels, and especially Matthew, Mark and Luke often tell the same stories. Sometimes these stories are nearly identical, word-for-word. More often, there are details included in one or two but left out in a third.

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