A Logical Defense of the “Longer Ending” of Mark

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The Gospel of Mark?

Image“I would remind you,” Paul says, “of the gospel which I preached to you.” He defines this Gospel as follows: “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scripture . . . He was buried . . . He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and . . . He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” (1st Cor 15:1-5) Note that the content here is very broadly outlined by the Holy Spirit. He says that the Gospel consists of (1.)our Lord’s substitutionary death for His people, (2.)His burial, (3.)His resurrection, and (4.)His appearance to Peter and the remaining apostles (i.e. “the twelve”). He tells us, moreover, that these historical events fulfill the Scripture. Paul’s definition, in other words, seems to be a compression of the contents of the Evangelical writings, as each book in this category contains the four…

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