I will give just one other textual disagreement that I have with the translators of the NRSV: by “textual” disagreement I mean a disagreement over what the original Greek text of a passage was that should have been translated. For this second example I’ll stick with Luke, and again with the Passion narrative.  The full passage of Jesus’ prayer in the garden in Luke 22:39-46 reads as follows in the NRSV:

 39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him.  40 When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”  Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”  [[ 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44 In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. ]] 45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping?  Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”

 A couple of preliminary points.  First, this is the famous passage from which we get the phrase “sweating blood.”  Jesus does not actually sweat blood here; he sweats great drops that were “like” blood.  But the tradition developed that he was sweating blood out of agony.  This is the only passage where this phrase occurs in the NT.  Second, you will notice that in the NRSV there are double brackets around vv. 43 and 44 [[  ]].  That is because the translators are telling you that in their opinion, the verses were not originally found in the text.  You will find the same double brackets, for example, in the story of the woman taken in adultery (John 7:53-8:11) and the final twelve verses of Mark (16:9-20)

In my view, that judgment is

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