Mark 14:1-16:20

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  • Mark 14:5. The mount of money specified in verse 5 is 300 denarius, or approximately the amount a common laborer would earn in a year.
  • Mark 14:32: Symbolism of Day of Atonement. See Leviticus 16:1-5, Discussion page for Day of Atonement article by Janet Lisonbee.
  • Mark 14:51-52. Some (early Christians?) may have understood V. 51-52 to be a fulfillment of the prophecy in Amos 2:16.
  • Mark 15:17. In verse 17, purple was seen as the color of royalty.
  • Mark 15:19. In verse 19, the Greek word translated as "reed" (kalamos) could also be translated as "staff" or "measuring rod."
  • Mark 15:22: Golgotha. Golgotha is the Aramaic name for the skull-shaped hill where Jesus was crucified. The Latin name for the same place is Calvaria, from where we get the English word "Calvary."
  • Mark 15:25: Third hour. The third hour would be about 9 a.m.
  • Mark 15:33: Sixth hour. The sixth hour would be around noon, and the ninth hour would be around 3 p.m.
  • Mark 15:34. The words of Jesus in verse 34 are in Aramaic.

The ending of the Gospel of Mark[edit]

  • The best available Greek manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark end at the end of verse 8 with "for they were afraid." Some manuscripts have the ending, known as the long ending or the Marcan Appendix, used here in the King James version. Some manuscripts have this brief ending (the translation given is from the New Revised Standard Version): "And all that had been commanded them they told briefly to those around Peter. And afterward Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation." Some manuscripts have both the Marcan Appendix and the short ending.
Scholars are nearly unanimous in agreeing that the author of the Gospel of Mark did not write Mark 16:9-20, nor the shorter ending. They both differ in style from the rest of the book, and were probably added by later scribes, possibly acting with apostolic authority, who saw the gospel as incomplete. If indeed this section was not in the original manuscript, there are four major explanations:
  • The author intended to end the gospel with verse 8. Although such an ending would be quite abrupt, doing so might have some literary value in forcing the reader to consider the significance of Jesus' disappearance.
  • The author for some reason was unable to finish the gospel.
  • The original continued after verse 8 but the final portion was lost.
  • The original continued after verse 8 but the final portion was suppressed.
Modern translations of the Bible generally consign this section of Mark to a footnote or place it in italics, parentheses or brackets to indicate its omission from key manuscripts.
There is nothing in the Joseph Smith Translation or in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to indicate that this section should not be accepted as scriptural. This section also has a long tradition of being accepted as scripture by other varieties of Christianity.

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  • Mark 14:51-52. Who is this young man? Is it one of the disciples as the JST suggests? Or Lazarus? Or Mark?
  • Mark 14:51-52. What can be said about the connection between these verses and the young man (angel) and the linen cloth in the tomb only two chapters later?


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  • Mark 14:8. See Julie M. Smith's post on the significance of the JST version of this passage here.


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