The "Better Than Cash Alliance" Has An Orwellian Plan

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Submitted by Seth Mason for Money Metals Exchange

The "Better Than Cash Alliance" Has An Orwellian Plan

In the fall of 1910, under the pretense of a duck hunting trip, a group of powerful bankers, political figures, and businessmen met at Jekyll Island, GA to plan the creation of a central bank for the United States. The “game” that this elite group of “hunters” brought back to their ivory towers of Lower Manhattan and Capitol Hill was the blueprint for one of the most destructive financial institutions in modern history, the Federal Reserve.

One-hundred years later, another group of powerful bankers, political figures, and businessmen have converged to promote a cashless society, an economic system that would compel every man, woman, and child to utilize proprietary, government-monitored electronic systems to make purchases of any kind. This group, which calls itself the Better Than Cash Alliance, is as dangerous as the group of “outdoor enthusiasts” that met at Jekyll Island that fateful early-20th Century November.

And, just like the Jekyll Island group sold their grand plans based on a lie (they claimed that the Fed would guarantee liquidity in times of financial panics), the Better Than Cash Alliance is selling the idea of a cashless society based on the farce that eliminating cash would stimulate entrepreneurship among the poor. In reality, the elimination of cash would reduce a great many opportunities for entrepreneurship for people of few means.

Gone would be the informal businesses the working poor often operate: roadside produce stands, street performances, handicraft tables, and day labor. Contrary to the assertions of the BTCA, a cash-free society would limit entrepreneurship to those with the means to incorporate a business, afford the proprietary system required to accept payments, and understand the local, state, and federal tax burden the payment system would create.

Although they won’t admit it, the 12 central governments that currently support the BTCA (the U.S. is one of them) do so because a cashless society would enable them to track and tax every purchase made with sovereign currency within their borders. In addition to producing new government revenue streams, the payment systems would increase governments’ social engineering capabilities: They would compel consumers to purchase goods and services from tax-paying, licensed organizations.

Freelance service providers such as barbers, music teachers, and tutors would be forced to either jump through the hoops of incorporation or seek work with licensed businesses (which would inevitably take a cut of their earnings and subject the remainder to payroll taxes). The black market would also be squeezed, escalating the War on Drugs, and subjecting every “sin” and self-defense purchase to government scrutiny. Under the guise of “national security”, of course.

A number of financial institutions, including, but not limited to, Citi, Visa, and MasterCard, support the BTCA, for obvious reasons. In a cash-free world, these institutions would not only make profits on the front end by selling electronic payment devices and charging a fee for every transaction, but they would also make money on the back end by compelling everyone to deposit all of their earnings and cash holdings into their coffers. The BTCA claims that a cashless society would enable the poor to “participate in the financial system”.

In reality, it would compel everyone to patronize banks. And, while a cashless society would be a windfall for the banking industry, it would place a heavy burden on the elderly, who often hold large amounts of cash and are hesitant (and, in some cases, incapable) of making electronic financial transactions. Among the numerous social problems the BTCA’s plan for cashless society would create, incidences of elder abuse would certainly increase.

Inevitably, some people would find a way to circumvent a government-mandated electronic payment system, at least for some purchases. Some would find ways to barter or use non-government-issued crypto or de facto currencies. (Interestingly, some black market circles use liquid Tide laundry detergent as a currency.) For some, the elimination of cash would have little material effect on their lives. But, for most, the BTCA’s agenda is a tremendous threat to their individual and economic liberties.

Like the Jekyll Island duck hunters, the Better Than Cash Alliance is a cabal of powerful people who are pushing a dangerous agenda that would harm average Americans while increasing the elite group’s power over them. Like Georgia mallards, the BTCA’s plans must be shot down.

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Bunga Bunga's picture

The BTC(A) is already reality.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

The humaniods knowns as californians will go along with it. 

Dr. Engali's picture

Calling Californians humanoids is a bit of a stretch, isn't it?

Skateboarder's picture

Fvck me, I can imagine all of SF Bay Area chirping along with this idea thinking they're doing god's work. We're doomed.

El Vaquero's picture

Go ahead and ban cash motherfuckers.  It will be just another reason that the calls for you to be hunted down and killed are legitimate.  You'll push some people past their breaking points with that one too.  Do it motherfuckers.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

They will do it and no one will care.

New England Patriot's picture

And a lovely black market it will be.

Stoploss's picture

How the fuck we sposed to buy drugs???

DollarMenu's picture

What wil be put into councilmember envelopes?

TBT or not TBT's picture

For what it worth, the sci-fi part of the Bible predicts this move, that would only allow those with the mark of the beast to buy or sell.  I think that chapter dates back around 1800 years. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Which makes the plan quite literally Diabolical, with a capital D for the sufficiently churched, and with added scare quotes for the irreligious and anti-religious, but still Diabolical from any viewpoint.  

tmosley's picture

For local, face to face transactions, use gold, silver, and maybe barter.  For long distance transactions, use cryptocurrency.  Use Dash for fast, untraceable transactions, or any of a number of others that incorporate an escrow feature.

The tighter they grip it, the more sand falls through their fingers.

MonetaryApostate's picture

They are legalizing Marijuana because they plan to ban cash...

What's next?

Hard Core Drug dispensaries?

Something tells me we are really headed for that new "Judge Dredd" movie world & fast...

NumNutt's picture

This will never work, nope, won't fly. For one simple reason.  How will the criminals in government be able to keep taking their bribes? If suddenly all transactions are electronic and subject to oversight they will suddenly have to become honest politicians, and we all know that will never happen. Just ask Bill and Bitch Clinton. So unless they can find a way to exempt themselves from this madness it will die in congress. Besides even the name of this organization is a lie, everyone knows there is nothing better then cash.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

'I'd love you to babysit my children. Now, so that i can pay you, you need to undergo a surgical implant operation'

also, folks will use their mobile phones as wireless point of sale devices - so flea markets will adapt, but: lose or break your mobile phone, you're fucked. How do you buy a replacement?

MonetaryApostate's picture

No, you got it all wrong, they will institute (as in mandate) RFID implants, of this I'm 100% certain, and I know it's real because the Air Force sent up A LOT of RFID satellites a few years back.  (They've been planning all of this for quite some time now & are working towards implementing it now, and after the market crash, bend over and kiss your ass goodbye, it will be implant (the mark of the beast) or starve to death.)

The future was already told to us... (They killed the director & his whole family of this movie)

new game's picture

cashless = owned craddle to death. almost everything and movement is traceable, even the brand of asswipe purchased. elites will have an alternative secure system. oh, but the hackers will be working ovetime...

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Okay, I think some people are struggling with this, so time for a review. All of CONgress is corrupt. That dirt is known by the deep state and kept on file. The same goes for every 'Merican now. However, people are only outed and prosecuted when they step out of line and begin challenging the power structure. Being cashless only means it's easier for them to collect the dirt of CONgress and since the typical CONgressman does what he is told, he has nothing to fear.

commander gruze?'s picture

BTCA is a shameless name squatting. It has nothing to do with BTC, commonly referred to as bitcoin currency unit. The differences are glaring:

  • BTCA - cashless, centralized, controlled by banks, transactions through middle men, full identity.
  • Bitcoin - digital cash, decentralized, not controlledy by anyone, transactions go peer to peer, pseudonymous.

The article states the purpose of going cashless is to "tax every purchase made with sovereign currency within their border". The solution is clear: use currency that has no sovereign state backing and does not care about borders, and actually IS cash, only digital.


MonetaryApostate's picture

Fuck Bitcoin (There I said it, so sue me)

I am 100% anti-digital currency / digital banking, just thinking of all of the theft that will happen when they end cash....

(They will completely screw most people holding it & digital banking means GOOD BYE BANKING JOBS...)

Before we praise technology, maybe we should first look at the real impact of technology, before it's too late, and that is good advice...


Anyway, buy all of the gold, silver, bitcoins you want, it will not save you from what they are planning, I assure you.

commander gruze?'s picture

They will only be able to ban old fashioned paper/cotton/polymer-based physical cash. Digital cash like bitcoin they have no means of controlling. And while you are getting ready for the worst, let me enjoy both: my silver and my bitcoin.

RichardParker's picture


Can't help but wonder if Jade Helmet is a practice run?

MonetaryApostate's picture

Training for city lock downs, they are going to do a sweep, as in jack everyone's gold & guns, so start hiding stuff NOW.

Prepare, like they are, for the worst, and expect outrage & rioting... (Non-perishable storable food, GET SOME!)

If you think Baltimore was bad....

ATM's picture

There are many ways the criminals structure their bribes now that are made to look perfectly legal and are byt he letter of the law. However, they are not proper by any means since the criminals write the laws and pass them for themselves. How else could bureaucrats and elected officials exempt themselves from insider trading laws?

MachoMan's picture

I sincerely doubt the bible was supposed to be a predictive text so much as an attempt at an explanation and a memorialization of a myriad of observations.  Most of it parrots predecessor scripture of all flavors.  Its ability to be predictive is not a compliment to its dozens of authors so much as a testament to the cyclical nature of our existence.

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Cautionary Tale (not verified) MachoMan Jun 4, 2015 6:06 PM

FFS ~ The Gospel of MARK, which is widely acknowledged as the earliest gospel that actually made it in to The New Testament, (by comparison with Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John), was written 70 years after the death of Jesus...


Which means


MARK, (or exactly 'none' of these apostles) knew, or ever met Jesus.


Using a similar timeframe, I might as well sit down and write a historical account on the life of Adolph Hitler (based on all the TRUTHS that I have certainly learned in my lifetime).

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Dixie Flatline (not verified) Cautionary Tale Jun 4, 2015 6:07 PM

ROFL, you got that incredibly wrong.

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Cautionary Tale (not verified) Dixie Flatline Jun 4, 2015 6:08 PM

be my guest & indulge us to explain how

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Cautionary Tale (not verified) Dixie Flatline Jun 4, 2015 6:24 PM

So that's it... One internet link...


Great... It's all settled then...


What a fucking dipshit... Here ~ If that's the stupid game you want to play, I'll go you 100x better (you'll have readings all weekend long)


While you're fucking at it, why don't you teach me all about:



- & how that all relates to the 4 brothers of Jesus (James, Joseph, Judas, & Simon), and an unnamed number of sisters... Seems to me like 'The Virgin Mary' spent quite a lot of time on her back...

saints51's picture

You used google. Turn in your membership at the front desk. You are no longer allowed on ZH. Tyler post the GTFO vid for this guy.

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Cautionary Tale (not verified) saints51 Jun 4, 2015 6:47 PM

U don't need to report me to Tyler...


Tyler has already kicked me off of ZH a dozen+ times... Tyler does what he/she wants


Apparently, you've been here 3 years and 28 weeks (which basically means that you don't have anything interesting to say).


IMO ~ 'Staying Alive' (on Zero Hedge) = trying to keep your EQUIFAX CREDIT SCORE above 800... Knock yourself out... Keep fucking that chicken!

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Dixie Flatline (not verified) Cautionary Tale Jun 4, 2015 6:49 PM

I can't understand the truth for you.  

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Cautionary Tale (not verified) Dixie Flatline Jun 4, 2015 6:57 PM

So basically, you can't die for MY SINS... Well shucks then, I guess I'm gonna have to tough it out on my own... Don't worry, I won't blame you (because I never really asked for your help in the first place)...


Go 'SAVE' somebody else...

THE 4th Quadrant's picture

I really luv typing over here in the margin. It feels like we're all squished into a phone booth. GET THE FUCK OFF OF ME!

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gladius17 (not verified) THE 4th Quadrant Jun 5, 2015 2:48 AM

What the fuck? Who's the fag that just grabbed my balls?

MonetaryApostate's picture

Forget those damn phones, get a PC man!!!

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Dixie Flatline (not verified) Cautionary Tale Jun 4, 2015 7:33 PM

Where is all that angst coming from?  You mad bro?  I guess I would be too if I made the same stupid mistake you did.

THE 4th Quadrant's picture

Angst? My humor is often times hard to understand. Bro. Now get the fuck off of me!

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Dixie Flatline (not verified) THE 4th Quadrant Jun 4, 2015 7:36 PM

I can see you don't understand ZH comment threading.  I wasn't responding to you.

But carry on.

THE 4th Quadrant's picture

I can't understand a thing with these comments all squished up like this! WTF I thought I asked you to get the fuck off of me!

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Cautionary Tale (not verified) Dixie Flatline Jun 4, 2015 7:50 PM

@Dixie  ~  You... uninvited... Get into my grill... Tell me I'm wrong... & then afterwards, without even offering an answer, ask 'U MAD BRO'?


FFS ~ either reply to what I posted above or GET THE FUNK OUT MA FACE

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Dixie Flatline (not verified) Cautionary Tale Jun 4, 2015 8:24 PM

Quit being so silly about your mistake.  Just because the earliest manuscripts aren't concurrent with the life and death of Jesus doesn't make them invalid.  It really was a silly assertion by you.

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Cautionary Tale (not verified) Dixie Flatline Jun 4, 2015 9:43 PM

"Just because the earliest manuscripts aren't concurrent with the life and death of Jesus doesn't make them invalid"



Oh ~ Now I get it!


JUST BECAUSE THE EARLIEST MANUSCRIPTS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT aren't concurrent with the freefall collapse of WTC 1, 2, 7, doesn't make them INVALID...


LOL ~ Come on man? Isn't there a REVIVAL meeting you're late for...


I skipped the line, I paid my dime
I hung my coat, and now it's time
To move to the forefront, take my rounds
Say peace and give a pound have a drink, get down

I'm on the floor, besides the door
The sound is rich, and I ain't poor
I'm looking for Susie or Wendy or Judy
But look at her, but look at her, but look at her, "Who me?"

Yes, you sweetie, although it's hard to see thee
I see your silhouette and what I see has got me needy
I need you for a second of your time
But then I reckon that a second is too short let me try

"You're slammin'", but anyway, I'd like to say
I'm Dres of the Black Sheep givin' you play
Step out in the light, come show off yourself
Yo, I'm sorry, I thought you were someone else

I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go, "Don't go"
I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go, "Don't go"
I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go, "Don't go"
Just don't know, "Why?", hon, I just don't know

I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go "Don't go"
I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go "Don't go"
I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go "Don't go"
See something ain't right, "Why?", it's the Strobelite

Van Damne
Oh man, now you look out
I can not dig it, I can not dig it
No, yo Black, I can not dig it

Listen Hon, I mean aah
It's nice looking at you, I just have to go
My man is right over there "Where you going?"
I have to go "Huh?"
(To his man who doesn't exist)

I'm on my way Black, I'm on my way
"Don't you have a number or something?"
Listen it's ahh, 765-4321
"What area code is that?"
One, nine-hundred

Listen here dear, step to the rear
Find yourself a seat, buy yourself a beer
Eat some pretzels, go play some videos
Thank you for your time honey, but hoe, I gotta go




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Dixie Flatline (not verified) Cautionary Tale Jun 4, 2015 10:29 PM

lol, I accept your concession.

cornflakesdisease's picture

The Roman surname of the son of Mary of Jerusalem. His Hebrew name was John, meaning “Jehovah Has Shown Favor; Jehovah Has Been Gracious.” (Ac 12:12, 25) Mark was a cousin of Barnabas, was his traveling companion and that of other early Christian missionaries, and was inspired to write the Gospel bearing his own name. (Col 4:10) Mark is the John Mark mentioned in the book of Acts and the John of Acts 13:5, 13.

He was evidently an early believer in Christ. His mother’s home was used as a place of worship by the early Christian congregation, which may mean that both she and Mark became Jesus’ followers before Christ’s death. (Ac 12:12) Since Mark alone mentions the scantily clad young man who fled on the night of Jesus’ betrayal, there is reason to believe that Mark himself was that young man. (Mr 14:51, 52) So it seems likely that Mark was present when the holy spirit was poured out on the some 120 disciples of Christ on Pentecost 33 C.E.—Ac 1:13-15; 2:1-4.

After they had carried out the relief ministration in Jerusalem, Barnabas and Saul (Paul) “returned and took along with them John, the one surnamed Mark.” It appears that Mark served as their attendant, perhaps caring for their physical needs while they traveled. (Ac 12:25; 13:5) For some undisclosed reason, when they arrived at Perga in Pamphylia, “John [Mark] withdrew from them and returned to Jerusalem.” (Ac 13:13) When Paul later set out on his second missionary journey, though Barnabas was determined to take Mark along, Paul “did not think it proper to be taking this one along with them, seeing that he had departed from them from Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.” “A sharp burst of anger” ensued, and they separated; Barnabas took Mark with him to Cyprus and Paul took Silas with him through Syria and Cilicia.—Ac 15:36-41.

Some time thereafter, however, whatever breach there was between Paul, Barnabas, and Mark was evidently healed, for Mark was with Paul in Rome and joined him in sending greetings to the Colossian Christians (c. 60-61 C.E.). Paul spoke favorably of him, saying: “Aristarchus my fellow captive sends you his greetings, and so does Mark the cousin of Barnabas, (concerning whom you received commands to welcome him if ever he comes to you).” (Col 4:10) Mark is also among those mentioned by Paul as sending greetings to Philemon when the apostle wrote to him from Rome (also c. 60-61 C.E.). (Phm 23, 24) Later (c. 65 C.E.), when Paul was again a prisoner in Rome, he specifically asked Timothy to “take Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministering.”—2Ti 4:11.
John Mark also associated with Peter in Babylon, for he is mentioned as sending greetings in the apostle’s first letter (written c. 62-64 C.E.). Peter calls him “Mark my son,” perhaps indicating the strong bond of Christian affection that existed between them. (1Pe 5:13; compare 1Jo 2:1, 7.) Thus, Mark, once the cause of difficulty, gained the commendation and trust of prominent servants of God and enjoyed the yet greater privilege of being inspired to write an account of Jesus’ ministry


The divinely inspired record of the ministry of Jesus Christ written by John Mark. This account of “the good news about Jesus Christ” begins with the work of Christ’s forerunner, John the Baptizer, and concludes with a report of the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ resurrection. Hence, it covers the time from the spring of 29 to the spring of 33 C.E.—Mr 1:1.

This Gospel, the shortest of all four, is a rapid-moving and descriptive record of the ministry of Jesus Christ as the miracle-working Son of God. Frequent is the use of “immediately” or “at once.” (Mr 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 29) The account is almost evenly divided between conversation and action.
Source of Information. Ancient tradition indicates that Peter provided the basic information for Mark’s Gospel, and this would agree with the fact that Mark was associated with Peter in Babylon. (1Pe 5:13) According to Origen, Mark composed his Gospel “in accordance with Peter’s instructions.” (The Ecclesiastical History, Eusebius, VI, XXV, 3-7) In his work, “Against Marcion” (IV, V), Tertullian says that the Gospel of Mark “may be affirmed to be Peter’s, whose interpreter Mark was.” (The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. III, p. 350) Eusebius gives the statement of “John the presbyter” as quoted by Papias (c. 140 C.E.): “And the Presbyter used to say this, ‘Mark became Peter’s interpreter and wrote accurately all that he remembered, not, indeed, in order, of the things said or done by the Lord. . . . Mark did nothing wrong in thus writing down single points as he remembered them. For to one thing he gave attention, to leave out nothing of what he had heard and to make no false statements in them.’”—The Ecclesiastical History, III, XXXIX, 12-16.
John Mark evidently also had other sources of information. Since Jesus’ early disciples met in the home of his mother (Ac 12:12), Mark must have been acquainted with persons other than Peter who had known Jesus Christ well, individuals who had seen him doing his work and had heard him preach and teach. Probably being the “certain young man” whom those arresting Christ tried to seize but who “got away naked,” Mark himself was apparently not totally without personal contact with Jesus.—Mr 14:51, 52.

Evidently Written With Non-Jews in Mind. While the good news according to Mark would interest and benefit Jewish readers, apparently it was not written specifically for them. It seems to have been composed primarily for non-Jewish readers, especially the Romans. Its conciseness and abrupt character have been viewed as particularly suitable for the intellect of Roman readers. Latin terms are sometimes transliterated into Greek, as when the Greek word prai·to?ri·on is used for the Latin term praetorium. (Mr 15:16, Int) Also, the Greek word ken·ty·ri?on is employed for the Latin word centurio, an officer in command of a hundred soldiers.—Mr 15:39, Int.

The account contains explanations that would not have been necessary for Jewish readers. It indicates that the Jordan was a river and shows that the temple could be seen from the Mount of Olives. (Mr 1:5; 13:3) It mentions that the Pharisees practiced “fasting” and that the Sadducees “say there is no resurrection.” (2:18; 12:18) This Gospel also explains that the Passover victim was sacrificed on “the first day of unfermented cakes” and that “Preparation” was “the day before the sabbath.”—14:12; 15:42.
Whereas it would not normally have been necessary to explain Semitic terms for Jewish readers in general, Mark’s Gospel provides many of such explanations. Interpretations are given for “Boanerges” (“Sons of Thunder”), “Tal?i·tha cu?mi” (“Maiden, I say to you, Get up!”), “corban” (“a gift dedicated to God”), and “E?li, E?li, la?ma sa·bach·tha?ni?” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).—Mr 3:17; 5:41; 7:11; 15:34.
Time and Place of Composition. According to ancient tradition, Mark’s Gospel was first made public in Rome, this being the testimony of such early writers as Clement, Eusebius, and Jerome. Mark was in Rome during Paul’s first imprisonment there. (Col 4:10; Phm 1, 23, 24) Thereafter he was with Peter in Babylon. (1Pe 5:13) Then, during Paul’s second imprisonment in Rome, Paul asked that Timothy come soon and bring Mark with him. (2Ti 4:11) Probably Mark did then return to Rome. Since no mention is made of Jerusalem’s destruction in fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy, Mark must have compiled his account before that event in 70 C.E. His presence in Rome at least once, and likely twice, during the years 60-65 C.E. suggests that Mark may have completed his Gospel there sometime during those years.

Some Unique Features of Mark’s Account. Though largely covering material similar to that of Matthew and Luke, Mark also provides supplementary details. Some of these illuminate how Jesus felt about certain things. He was ‘grieved at the insensibility of the hearts’ of persons who objected to his healing a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath. (Mr 3:5) When Jesus received a poor reception from people in his home territory, “he wondered at their lack of faith.” (6:6) And he “felt love” for the rich young man who asked about the requirements for gaining everlasting life.—10:21.
Also unique with Mark’s account are certain points regarding the end of Jesus’ earthly life. He reports that at Jesus’ trial the false witnesses were not in agreement. (Mr 14:59) The passerby impressed into service to carry Jesus’ torture stake was Simon of Cyrene, “the father of Alexander and Rufus.” (15:21) And Mark relates that Pilate made sure that Jesus was dead before granting permission for Joseph of Arimathea to take the body for burial.—15:43-45.
One of the four illustrations of Jesus found in Mark’s Gospel is unique. (Mr 4:26-29) The account mentions at least 19 miracles performed by Jesus Christ. Two of these (the healing of a deaf man who also had a speech impediment and the cure of a certain blind man) are contained only in Mark’s Gospel.—Mr 7:31-37; 8:22-26.

References to the Hebrew Scriptures. Although Mark appears to have written primarily for the Romans, this record does contain references to and quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures. The work of John the Baptizer is shown to have been a fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1. (Mr 1:2-4) Also to be found in the account are instances of Jesus’ applying, quoting from, or alluding to the Hebrew Scriptures. These include: Giving God mere lip service (Mr 7:6, 7; Isa 29:13); honoring parents (Mr 7:10; Ex 20:12; 21:17); the creation of man and woman and the institution of marriage (Mr 10:6-9; Ge 1:27; 2:24); various commandments (Mr 10:19; Ex 20:12-16; Le 19:13); Jesus’ comments regarding the temple (Mr 11:17; Isa 56:7; Jer 7:11); his statement about being rejected (Mr 12:10, 11; Ps 118:22, 23); Jehovah’s words to Moses at the burning thornbush (Mr 12:26; Ex 3:2, 6); the two great commandments on love (Mr 12:29-31; De 6:4, 5; Le 19:18); the prophetic words of Jehovah to David’s Lord on the subjugation of foes (Mr 12:36; Ps 110:1); the scattering of Jesus’ disciples (Mr 14:27; Zec 13:7); Jesus’ statement on being forsaken by God (Mr 15:34; Ps 22:1); his instructions to a healed leper (Mr 1:44; Le 14:10, 11); and his prophetic statement regarding the disgusting thing causing desolation (Mr 13:14; Da 9:27).
The references to the Hebrew Scriptures in Mark’s account amply illustrate that Jesus Christ had confidence in them and used those Scriptures in his ministry. The Gospel also provides a basis for becoming better acquainted with the Son of man, who “came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.”—Mr 10:45.

Long and Short Conclusions. Some have thought that Mark 16:8, which ends with the words “and they told nobody anything, for they were in fear,” is too abrupt to have been the original ending of this Gospel. However, that need not be concluded in view of Mark’s general style. Also, the fourth-century scholars Jerome and Eusebius agree that the authentic record closes with the words “for they were in fear.”—Jerome, letter 120, question 3, as published in Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum, Vienna and Leipzig, 1912, Vol. LV, p. 481; Eusebius, “Ad Marinum,” I, as published in Patrologia Graeca, Paris, 1857, Vol. XXII, col. 937.

There are a number of manuscripts and versions that add a long or a short conclusion after these words. The long conclusion (consisting of 12 verses) is found in the Alexandrine Manuscript, the Codex Ephraemi Syri rescriptus, and the Bezae Codices. It also appears in the Latin Vulgate, the Curetonian Syriac, and the Syriac Peshitta. But it is omitted in the Sinaitic Manuscript, the Vatican Manuscript No. 1209, the Sinaitic Syriac codex, and the Armenian Version. Certain late manuscripts and versions contain the short conclusion. The Codex Regius of the eighth century C.E. has both conclusions, giving the shorter conclusion first. It prefixes a note to each conclusion, saying that these passages are current in some quarters, though it evidently recognized neither of them as authoritative.
In commenting on the long and short conclusions of the Gospel of Mark, Bible translator Edgar J. Goodspeed noted: “The Short Conclusion connects much better with Mark 16:8 than does the Long, but neither can be considered an original part of the Gospel of Mark.”—The Goodspeed Parallel New Testament, 1944, p. 127.


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Cautionary Tale (not verified) cornflakesdisease Jun 4, 2015 8:19 PM

So WHEN was the fucking thing written cornflakes?


Which is the EXACT POINT of my original comment... & which ANYONE who devote themselves to THE BIBLE should understand if they want to pretend to thump people over their heads with...


FFS ~ It's well acknowledged IN THE BIBLE that Jesus had 4 brothers & an uncertain number of sisters...


Yet all 'CHRISTIANS' seem to adhere to is the story of a Virgin Mary, mangers, 3 kings, & a bunch of horseshit... & yet you and this other dude want to 'school' me on the GOSPELS?


-What about the 'GOSPELS' of Thomas, Mary Magdelene, & others, which, conveniently, based on POLITICS, never even made it into the fucking BIBLE???


Shove your fucking Bibles (which, after the Council of Nicea, & other 'convenient' modifications by European Monarchs who stood opposed to the Church of Rome) up your asses (or, come up with something better)...