By Clayton Coombs
The finishing of Mark’s Gospel is without doubt one of the nice unsolved mysteries. although, curiosity within the Markan end isn't a contemporary phenomenon on my own. reviews concerning the diverse attested endings date again to Eusebius’ Ad Marinum within the fourth century. Responding to the plain discrepancy among the timing of the resurrection in Matthew and Mark, Eusebius notes one may possibly clear up the trouble in a single of 2 methods: both forget about the passage at the foundation of the manuscript proof or harmonize the 2 passages. regrettably, Eusebius’ reviews are all too usually considered during the lens of the trendy text-critical exercise, and therefore, his purpose has mostly been missed.
This quantity argues that Eusebius’ double resolution may 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 acquired. simply with this knowing of the double answer may possibly we absolutely have fun with Eusebius’ twin reception, that is indicative of a special method of the issue—one that prioritizes the query of reception over authorship, and one who is cozy declaring a pluriform canon.
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