Less than 100 years after Pentecost, Papias tells us Mark's Gospel was a transcription of a sermon preached by Peter. But the ENDING of Mark has provided great controversy. I do not believe the ending of Mark in my KJV is correct. I did intense study in my post grad work on the "endings" of Mark. I was dumbfounded at the number and variety that seemed to add to the abrupt ending of Peter in his sermon. I would close off Mark 16 after v 8. I have read 20 varieties of endings after that (from a sentence to 12 entire verses. There is NO agreement. If I were reading the other Gospels and then Mark, I would feel like something was missing, too. Each group began adding their own, or building on other bits from other groups. Amazing to study. While there are many small varieties in Greek texts, there are just a few words/spelling differences in Mark 16:1-9 in EVERY Greek text (take your choice - I use Stephanus 1555). But there are hundreds of varieties in the next verses! Were these later additions? Is their odd assortment of teaching (just READ those verses and ask how often you preach on "believe and be baptized" or "pick up snacks, er snakes" and poison et al) really the inspired Word of God? Thoughts.