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Was Mark originally written in Aramaic?

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Posted by Steve Caruso , updated Tuesday, August 20, 2002 8:48 AM

Mark, by far, is the most interesting of the 4 canonical Gospels. Matthew and Luke are heavily based on it, it is the shortest, and it contans less commentarty and more "raw material" (less interpolation and paregra) than any of the other Gospels. "ܡܪܩܘܤ" (Marqus in Aramaic), the traditional author, was said to be one of Paul's students, writing down his teacher's stories. If you wish to view the actual text of Mark in the Sinaitic Palimpsest, click the image on the left.

Examining the Greek text of Mark, up against the Aramaic, we can see the following peculiarities:

Everything Will Be Salted With Fire
Mark 9:49
Doesn't salt put out fires? Some interesting facts on a case of Aramaic wordplay.

Camel Through A Needle's Eye, A
Mark 10:2
"It is harder for a camel to go through a needle's eye than it is for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven." Such a strange analogy, with even stranger modern explainations. The answer, however, lies within the Aramaic of our Messiah.

"Generation", This
Mark 13:30 et al
"Verily I say to you, That this generation shall not pass away, until all these things occur." Isn't the generation of our Messiah long dead? An interesting mistranslation.

Simon The Leper
Mark 14:3
What is a Leper doing in a city where he can infect people? Why is there no account of him being healed? A problem with vowels.

 

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