The Original Gospel of Mark had no Mention of a Future Appearance of Jesus in Galilee

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 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid

–Mark 16

Mainstream NT scholar, Raymond Brown:

There is a growing  consensus of scholars that Mark 16:7 was a redactional addition to the story of the empty tomb, intended to leave open the possibility of combining the tradition of the empty tomb with the tradition of appearances.  …Mark’s Gospel (if, as I suspect, there was no “lost ending”) represents a stage in the development of the empty tomb story where, as yet, no appearance narratives have been appended, even though the reader is presumed to know of the appearances.  In the other three Gospels appearance narratives have been incorporated , and ultimately an unknown scribe brought Mark’s Gospel into line by his addition of the Marcan Appendix [the long ending of Mark] which lists a series of appearances.

The Virginal Conception and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus, p. 123


One thought on “The Original Gospel of Mark had no Mention of a Future Appearance of Jesus in Galilee

  1. “Mark 16:7 and 14:28 together amount to a prediction that Jesus will appear to his followers in Galilee. These passages were added only later to the Markan Trial story and its later sequel, the Empty Tomb or Resurrection story. Does this mean that the tradition of the Appearance in Galilee is of later date than the Empty Tomb in Jerusalem? No, it does not. It is only an attempt to add, to those narratives, a claim of Jesus’s foreknowledge of that event. Without these predictions, the story of those appearances (now lost) must have told how Peter and the others were surprised to see Jesus. Then the tradition on which the story rested before this claim of foreknowledge was added must (like the Gospel of Peter, or the passage probably drawn from an early version of the Gospel of Peter in our present John 21) have shown the disciples returning to Galilee, resuming their occupations in the thought that the Jesus program had failed and was all over – and then being startled at the appearance of Jesus. The death of Jesus must then have appeared to them, when it took place, as final.Did the Appearance of Jesus in Galilee occur on the third day after his death? Quite possibly not, since it would probably have taken longer than three days for the Galileans to make their way back home, and resume work. If Peter really did see a vision of Jesus, and that is the simplest explanation for everything else, then it was considerably after the death of Jesus, and proved to Peter only that Jesus was in Heaven, from where he would still in a sense be their leader.”


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