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Textual Issues – Mk 9:29

Mk 9:29 – And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.

Should the “and fasting” be in or out of the text?

There is a minority of evidence that points to the exclusion of “and fasting,” but it is from B (Vaticanus) which is a very trustworthy source.

I think this type of variant must be weighed against the age of the manuscript as Church history can give us a clue here. The early Church held fasting as being very important. Any evidence that may be of a later date that included the phrase could be because it was added to the text in order to give more validity to a practice that was so common to the Church.

However, personally i would be very reluctant on that ground alone to put so much weight on B (Vaticanus) while rejecting so many other witnesses. Witnesses including the phrase – A (Alexandrinus), C (Codex Ephraemi), D (Codex Bezae), as well as many others.


About theologian

I'm a child of the King, my Father who is in Heaven, by the precious blood of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. I am married with children and currently reside in Pennsylvania. I am a Pastor with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches (ACRC) working as an Urban Missionary in Chester, PA. Throughout my time in ministry God has also blessed me with opportunities for formal education by which I earned my terminal degree (Doctor of Theology) from New Geneva Theological Seminary in 2013.


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