Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mark 16:9-20

Commemoration of Saint Augustine, Pastor and Theologian
August 28, 2010

The Lord be with you

If you have read the worship notes post for Sunday, August 29, 2010, you will have notice that the Bible class will be looking at two verses, one from Mark and one from Luke. The passage from Mark comes from Mark 16:9-20. What you may not know is that these verses are not considered genuine by many conservative scholars.

In determining what the original Greek text of the New Testament is, the discipline called “Lower Criticism” or “Textual Criticism” is used. Often critics of the Bible attack the Bible based on a lack of knowledge of Textual Criticism. Christians, often unaware of such issues, are taken aback. Has the Church really been keeping “the truth” from us?

I have, therefore, decided to make our next Bible study a two-parter. This Sunday’s lesson will focus on the textual critical aspect of Mark 16:9-20. Next week will focus on the exegetical question posed by whoever submitted the question. This weeks lesson should be of general interest to all, but specially to those who took the Greek language class.

Blessing in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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