15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, 1 who was himself looking forward to 2 the kingdom of God, 3 went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 4 15:44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He 5 called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 15:45 When Pilate 6 was informed by the centurion, 7 he gave the body to Joseph.
1 tn Grk “a councillor” (as a member of the Sanhedrin, see L&N 11.85). This indicates that some individuals among the leaders did respond to Jesus.
2 tn Or “waiting for.”
3 sn Though some dispute that Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple of Jesus, this remark that he was looking forward to the kingdom of God and his actions regarding Jesus’ burial suggest otherwise.
4 sn Asking for the body of Jesus was indeed a bold move on the part of Joseph of Arimathea, for it clearly and openly identified him with a man who had just been condemned and executed, namely, Jesus. His faith is exemplary, especially for someone who was a member of the council that handed Jesus over for crucifixion (cf. Luke 23:51). He did this because he sought to give Jesus an honorable burial.
5 tn Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
6 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Pilate) has been specified in the translation for clarity.