Anachronisms in the Gospel of Mark

Apr 20, 2018
Anachronisms in the Gospel of Mark
  • The Gospel of Mark is full of anachronisms and errors regarding how 1st-century Judaism worked, not to mention all kinds of false assertions about the various supernatural powers that "Jesus" was supposed to have.

    Wannabe asked Lambchop for a short list of the anachronisms in this book, and she very happily responded.

    Source: Lambchop

    Yes - the first go-to is John 14:12-14 (above). Ain't NOBODY getting a grilled cheese sandwich out of their jeezis, even though it PROMISED.

    Next, the term "Rabbi" was not in use before the 2nd Century CE, so that's an anachronism if they're going to insist Matthew (18:21, 23:8, 26:25, 26:49) was written in the 1st Century CE. Mark also includes the term in 9:5, 10:51, 11:21, and 14:45.

    The story of the "demoniac" in Mark 5 - WHY was the jeez even there in the first place? He and his boys sail across "the sea", interact with the demoniac, destroy some other people's property (the herd of swine), get asked to leave, leave. There was no point to it.

    Also, when the jeez states "And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery" in Mark 10:12, in response to the Pharisees' question about divorce, this is an anachronism, as women did not have the right to initiate a divorce in Judaism at that time (1st Century CE is when Christians want us to believe that Mark was written).

    Finally, the oldest copies of Mark (no original autographs of any of the Bible texts exist) LACK the ending known within Christianity as "The Great Commission". These early witnesses end at Mark 16:8, with everybody being too afraid to say anything at all. If you look at Sinaiticus, it is abundantly clear that this verse is the end (and not a torn page, for example) - there is an embellishment at the end and then "KATA MARKON" - "By Mark" :

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