Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mark

Mark is not only the oldest of the gospels, but also much shorter than the others, leaving out the story of Christ's birth. The Greek apparently leaves much to be desired as well. Matthew and Luke, as I understand it, copied Mark's work and spruced it up, as well as elaborating at both ends of Jesus' life.

To their detriment.

For evidence one need only consider the undeniable genius of the original version of Mark, which ended at verse 16:8, so that the conclusion takes the following pendent form (from the King James):

[1] And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

[2] And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

[3] And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

[4] And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

[5] And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

[6] And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

[7] But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

[8] And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.


No resolution at all, just an empty tomb, and three taciturn and frightened women. What pregnancy.

Sublime.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

They may have been silent but I'll bet they were texting all their friends.

Clara

Scott said...

Ah, my funny little girl.

It's really time you came down to visit.