Mk 4:10ff.

Edgar Krentz ekrentz at lstc.edu
Wed Jan 27 08:11:19 EST 1999


>At 06:46 PM 1/27/99 +0000, you wrote:
>>Perhaps the hardest verses in Mark, but how should MUSTHRION be translated
>>at 4:11?  'Secret' seems almost an under-translation, and 'mystery' an
>>over-translation.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
>>
>>Thanks
>>Julian Waterfield
>
>I'm gonna catch it for this one- but I would suggest "rites".  "To you are
>given the "rites" of the Kingdom..."  I.e., you are the ones who can
>initiate others into the rule of God.
>
>
>Best,
>
>Jim

The normal Greek term for mystery rites would be TELETAI. The great
initiatory room at Eleusis was called the TELESTHRION.


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