Bob Enyart interviews the author of Authentic: The Case for Mark 16:9-20. In all of church history, the very first surviving quote from Mark's last chapter, written in the 100s by an influential bishop in France, quotes verse 19. Thus begins the long and powerful defense for the full chapter being written by Mark.
Of the 1,650 Greek manuscripts that include Mark, only three end at verse 8. These, along with 40 church fathers who wrote while Rome still had an emperor on the throne, along with thousands of additional manuscripts in other languages, correct the false claim of the "higher critics" of the 1800s and even many of today's populist theologians such as James White, John MacArthur, and Matt Slick, that the ending of Mark's Gospel should be rejected. If these critics were right, Mark would have penned the worst ending in the history of endings, without record of Jesus appearing to the apostles, nor to the women who went to His tomb. Instead, it would end like this, "So [the women] went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." Instead of that absurdity, here is the testimony of Bishop Irenaeus circa 180 A.D. who wrote of the beginning and ending of the Gospel, "Wherefore also Mark, the interpreter and follower of Peter, does thus commence his Gospel narrative: 'The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; as it is written in the prophets' [then] towards the conclusion of his Gospel, Mark says, 'So then, after the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God.'"