16:9–20 Scholars differ regarding whether these verses were originally part of this Gospel. Some important early Greek manuscripts lack these verses, other manuscripts have vv. 9–20 (known as the “Longer Ending”), and still others have a “Shorter Ending” (roughly one verse long). A few manuscripts have both the “Shorter Ending” and the “Longer Ending.” Because of these differences, some scholars believe that vv. 9–20 were added later and not written by Mark. On the other hand, the verses are cited by writers from the late second century and are found in the overwhelming majority of existing Greek manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark. For other scholars, these facts establish the authenticity of the passage.
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