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Sanhedrim: More correctly Sanhedrin (Gr. synedrion), meaning "a sitting
together," or a "council." This word (rendered "council," A.V.) is
frequently used in the New Testament
(Matthew 5:22; 26:59; Mark 15:1) etc. to
denote the supreme judicial and administrative council of the Jews,
which, it is said, was first instituted by Moses, and was composed of
(Numbers 11:16,17) But that seems to have been only a temporary
arrangement which Moses made. This council is with greater
probability supposed to have originated among the Jews when they were
under the domination of the Syrian kings in the time of the
Maccabees. The name is first employed by the Jewish historian
Josephus. This "council" is referred to simply as the "chief priests
and elders of the people"
(Matthew 26:3,47,57,59; 27:1,3,12,20) etc., before
whom Christ was tried on the charge of claiming to be the Messiah.
Peter and John were also brought before it for promulgating heresy
(Acts 4:1-23; 5:17-41) as was also Stephen on a charge of blasphemy
(Acts 6:12-15) and Paul for violating a temple by-law
(Acts 22:30; 23:1-10) The Sanhedrin is said to have consisted of
seventy-one members, the high priest being president. They were of
1. the chief priests, or heads of the twenty-four priestly courses
3. the elders. As the highest court of judicature, "in all causes
and over all persons, ecclesiastical and civil, supreme," its
decrees were binding, not only on the Jews in Palestine, but on
all Jews wherever scattered abroad. Its jurisdiction was greatly
curtailed by Herod, and afterwards by the Romans. Its usual
place of meeting was within the precincts of the temple, in the
hall "Gazith," but it sometimes met also in the house of the
(Matthew 26:3) who was assisted by two vice-presidents.