Is there any reason to think that Mark 7:19 has a later addition?

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This is Mark 7:19 from the NIV:

For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

Every time I see a parenthetical note in an ancient text, I feel like it was a later addition from a scribe.

Does our oldest manuscripts contain that part of the verse? Even it does, is there any reason to believe that it was a later addition?

6 Comments

  • Reply June 16, 2017

    Brian Roden

    I searched in Logos, and there were no footnotes indicating textual variants. Rather, this seems to be Mark’s own explanatory comment inserted into the middle of Jesus’ discourse.

    The concluding sentence of verse 19 is an editorial comment by Mark (cf. 2:10, 28; 3:30; 13:14), to emphasize the significance of Jesus’ statement for his Christian readers in Rome, some of whom may have been confused over Jewish food laws (cf. Rom. 14:14; Gal. 2:11–17; Col. 2:20–22). He simply pointed out that Jesus declared all foods “clean” for Christians. The early church was slow to grasp this truth (cf. Acts 10; 15).

    Grassmick, J. D. (1985). Mark. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 134). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

  • Reply September 6, 2019

    Philip Williams

    Only if one is a neo-Judaizer and despises the truth.

  • Reply September 6, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    why would you say that Philip Williams

    • Reply September 6, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Troy Day zero textual evidence of it being added. But a motive of wanting to believe that by those neither-Judaizers who deny that the Old Covenant ended with Christ’s death.

    • Reply September 6, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      Philip Williams I think you didnt even read the post

  • Reply September 6, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    BTW Philip Williams I find your luck of argument under this post unsubstantiated Surely you can come up with a better way of expression when it comes down to text criticism

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