At 02:55 AM, Thursday, 10/24/02, Stephen Beecroft wrote:
I mentioned before that there were two definitions of the term "high
priest". To be more accurate, there are at least three definitions of
"high priest" that refer to a holder of the true Priesthood:

1. The lead, or head, or "high", priest of a group of ecumenical
authorities. Thus, Alma was "high priest over the land", meaning he was
the head of the priests; similarly, Aaron, though not in possession of
the higher Priesthood, was still a "high priest", since he was the

2. Any holder of the high Priesthood may properly be referred to as a
"high priest", in the sense that he is a priest (i.e. a holder of the
Priesthood) after the order of Melchizedek. Thus it is that Alma calls
those who hold the higher Priesthood "high priests" in Alma 13:9.

3. Specifically, in modern days a "high priest" is an office in the
Melchizedek Priesthood, one that has certain duties assigned to it,
normally relating to administrative duties.

I believe you are confusing these three, and assuming that any usage of
the term "high priest" applies to #3 above. This is not the case,
This is my understanding. I like the way you have listed the three different ways in which a person may be a "high" priest. I believe that the references in Alma are to item #2, a priest holding the high priesthood. And that would include Elders in our own day.

"Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he
sticks his head out when you're coming home his face
might burn up." --Jack Handy
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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