At 02:55 AM, Thursday, 10/24/02, Stephen Beecroft wrote:
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.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 leader. 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, however.
John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED]
"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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