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Almost all contemporary [[New Testament]] textual critics have concluded that neither the longer or shorter endings were ''originally'' part of Mark’s Gospel, though the evidence of the early church fathers
above shows that the longer ending had become accepted tradition. The United Bible Societies' 4th edition of the Greek New Testament (1993) rates the omission of verses 9-20 from the original Markan manuscript as "certain." For this reason, many modern Bibles decline to print the longer ending of Mark together with the rest of the gospel, but, because of its historical importance and prominence, it is often included as a footnote or an appendix alongside the shorter ending. Nevertheless, a handful of scholars, particularly those in traditionalist or fundamentalist traditions, argue that the evidence is insufficient to justify its exclusion or that the evidence in fact supports its inclusion. However, in biblical scholarship, changes and advances due to creative detective work and new discoveries have a long past history of proceeding with caution very slowly, so the almost unanimous conclusion with regards to the inauthenticity of the ending(s) of Mark should be seriously considered.
* [http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/mark/mark16.htm#foot1 About the Shorter and Longer Endings of Mark 16 (Mark 16 footnotes, New American Bible, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)] Excerpt: "''vocabulary and style indicate that it was written by someone other than Mark''"
* [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2016;&version=50;#fen-NKJV-24888c Mark 16 footnotes, New King James Version (a much respected version in Orthodox circles)] Excerpt: "''Mark 16:20 Verses 9-20 are bracketed in NU-Text as not original. They are lacking in [[Codex Sinaiticus]] and [[Codex Vaticanus]], although nearly all other manuscripts of Mark contain them''"
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_16 Wikipedia: Mark 16]
* [http://av1611.com/kjbp/faq/holland_mr16_9-20.html Mark 16:9-20 (The last twelve verses of Mark) @ av1611.com]