More on the Ending of Mark

I have previously discussed the shorter vs. the longer ending of Mark and have concluded that the evidence supports the longer ending of Mark (Mark 19:9-20).

This video made it’s way across one of my RSS readers today.

This King James Version Only-ists (KJVO) has attacked the validity of the NIV is a rather strange way.  Apparently, if you add up all the verses in Mark and subtract the twelve that are in the longer ending, they add up to 666.  Oh nos…the NIV and the NRSV, along with most modern translations are the mark of the beast!

But wait…just like a good infomercial, there’s more.  Apparently, there is a variant in some of the early manuscripts and the mark of the beast is 616, not 666.  This is attributed to in P155, Codex Alexandrinus (A), and Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (C).  I’m not going to get into the debate of the mark of the beast, but apparently, if you’re willing to do some screwball math, you can justify the KJV over other translations.

So much for no updates this week.

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