Monday, November 29, 2010

The Message Re-titles the Priests

While I enjoy and appreciate the perspective The Message gives me, one decision Eugene Peterson made puzzles me. He reversed the titles of the chief priests and the high priest.

Thus in Mark 14:53-54: “They led Jesus to the Chief Priest, where the high priests, religious leaders, and scholars had gathered together. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard …”

The half dozen or so other translations I consulted all maintain the reverse: one high priest and several chief priests.

It’s not a big deal; I’m just curious as to why he made the change.

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