The Hebrew form of the Greek word “synedrion”, a council. The high court of the Jews, presided over by the high priest. Its 71 members included chief priests, elders and teachers of the law.
Jesus Christ and the Sanhedrin
Herod called together the Sanhedrin on hearing of the birth of Jesus Christ Mt 2:4 This is probably a reference to the entire Sanhedrin.
Jesus Christ acknowledged the authority of the Sanhedrin Mt 5:22
The Sanhedrin plotted to kill Jesus Christ after he had raised Lazarus Jn 11:47-53
The Sanhedrin, powerless to execute anyone, brought Jesus Christ to Pilate Jn 18:28-31
Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea were members of the SanhedrinSee also Jn 3:1; Mk 15:43 pp Lk 23:50-52
The term Sanhedrin could also apply to local councils
Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin
Stephen appeared before the Sanhedrin
Paul and the Sanhedrin
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