By Clayton Coombs
The finishing of Mark’s Gospel is likely one of the nice unsolved mysteries. even though, curiosity within the Markan end isn't really a latest phenomenon by myself. reviews concerning the diversified attested endings date again to Eusebius’ Ad Marinum within the fourth century. Responding to the obvious discrepancy among the timing of the resurrection in Matthew and Mark, Eusebius notes one might remedy the trouble in a single of 2 methods: both forget about the passage at the foundation of the manuscript facts or harmonize the 2 passages. regrettably, Eusebius’ reviews are all too frequently seen in the course of the lens of the trendy text-critical activity, and therefore, his reason has principally been missed.
This quantity argues that Eusebius’ double answer could be learn as spotting the authority of either the Longer and the Abrupt conclusions to Mark’s Gospel. the answer represents his ecumenical synthesis of these authors who preceded him, the “faithful and pious” from whom the Scriptures were bought. basically with this knowing of the double answer may perhaps we totally delight in Eusebius’ twin reception, that's indicative of a distinct method of the issue—one that prioritizes the query of reception over authorship, and person who is cozy declaring a pluriform canon.
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