Becoming Part of The Story: Mark 16
I will be focusing on Mark 16:1-8. The extended ending (verses 9-20) is not in our earliest manuscripts.
The original ending of Mark ends quite abruptly. The women have an encounter with an angel and are “trembling and bewildered” and “afraid”. Understandably so, for anyone looking for a body and encounters an angelic being. But reading this cliffhanger as part of the ancient church is both a literary and engagement device.