Why does mark end his gospel so abruptly?

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What was the problem with the Gospel of Mark?

  • The problem with the Gospel of Mark for the final editors of the New Testament was that it was grossly deficient. First it is significantly shorter than the other Gospels–with only 16 chapters compared to Matthew (28), Luke (24) and John (21). But more important is how Mark begins his Gospel and how he ends it.

Mark had a definite purpose in his ending. He apparently wanted an open ending to indicate that the story was not complete but was continuing beyond the time he wrote. He wanted his readers/hearers to continue the story in their own lives.

  • Why would the Gospel end so abruptly? You really have to consider the point of the book to answer that. The other Gospels hit it hard that Jesus rose from the dead--they wanted people to know it and tell it. Mark isn't so much about the miracle as much as how followers should behave.

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