Sanhedrin (San-hee´druhn; Gk. synedrion)

A council of leaders. The NT occasionally uses “sanhedrin” for local councils of leaders and elders (Matt 5:22; Matt 10:17; Mark 13:9; Acts 22:5) but, most often, the word refers to the supreme court of chief priests and elders in Jerusalem, which, in the Gospels, judges Jesus (Matt 26:59) and, in Acts, examines and punishes the apostles (Acts 4-6; Acts 23-24). Joseph of Arimathea is said to be a member of “the council,” which might refer to this Jerusalem Sanhedrin (Mark 15:43).

Matt 5:22

22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to ... View more

Matt 10:17

17Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues;

Mark 13:9

Persecution Foretold
9“As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before gover ... View more

Acts 22:5

5as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. From them I also received letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I went there in ord ... View more

Matt 26:59

59Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death,

Acts 4-6

Peter and John before the Council
1While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them,2muc ... View more

Acts 23-24

1While Paul was looking intently at the council he said, “Brothers, up to this day I have lived my life with a clear conscience before God.”2Then the high pries ... View more

Mark 15:43

43Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for t ... View more

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