Mark 11:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 11:27, NIV: They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him.

Mark 11:27, ESV: And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him,

Mark 11:27, KJV: And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,

Mark 11:27, NASB: And they *came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple area, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders *came to Him,

Mark 11:27, NLT: Again they entered Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking through the Temple area, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him.

Mark 11:27, CSB: They came again to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came

What does Mark 11:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Since Jesus and the disciples reached the area around Jerusalem, they have spent nights on the Mount of Olives, east of the Temple Mount (Luke 21:37–38). Their friends Mary, Martha, and Lazarus live on the southeastern slope, in Bethany. From Bethany, it is a short walk northwest to Bethphage, and about as far down the mountain, across the Kidron Valley, and up to the East Gate of the temple. In fact, the most direct route from the east to Jerusalem is through the temple courtyard.

The three groups mentioned are all leaders in Jerusalem. The chief priests are descended from Moses' brother Aaron. At this time, they consist of former high priests and those priests who serve in the temple regularly.

Scribes are experts in the Mosaic law. It was the scribes who came up with the "Oral Law." They felt the written law of Moses was too vague in some areas, such as exactly what constitutes "work" on the Sabbath. To ensure nobody broke the written laws, the scribes derived additional regulations and claimed God gave these to Moses on Mt. Sinai, but that Moses didn't write them down. Their manmade traditions had the opposite effect they'd intended: the extra rules often nullify the actual intent of the laws as given by (Mark 7:13).

We're not told exactly who the elders are. Generally, they are adult men who help make decisions in a local community. They may be patriarchs of significant families (Exodus 3:16) or specially chosen judges (Exodus 24). Ezra and Nehemiah were elders who led the Jews in returning to Israel from Babylon. Most likely, the elders who confront Jesus are the wealthy aristocracy of Jerusalem.