Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark Vindicated Against Recent Critical Objectors and Established
by John William Burgon
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The late 19th century marked a turning point in biblical criticism. B. F. Westcott and
F. J. A. Hort compiled some of the oldest manuscripts of the New Testament. Their
compilation has served as the template for almost every modern translation of the
Bible. Because of this, people often forget that Westcott and Hort’s critical text faced
considerable controversy. John Burgon was perhaps the fiercest enemy of the movement
Westcott and Hort had begun. Among other “modifications,” Westcott and Hort had
deleted the last twelve verses of Mark’s Gospel from their text because they did not
appear in certain Greek originals. Burgon responded with this treatise, in which he
seeks to reestablish the legitimacy of the verses. Today, many associate Burgon and his
arguments with biblical inerrancy.