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 (săn-hĕd′rĭn, -hē′drĭn, sän-)
The highest judicial and ecclesiastical council of the ancient Jewish nation, composed of from 70 to 72 members.

[Hebrew sanhedrîn, from Greek sunedrion, council, from sunedros, sitting in council : sun-, syn- + hedrā, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Judaism) the supreme judicial, ecclesiastical, and administrative council of the Jews in New Testament times, having 71 members
2. (Judaism) a similar tribunal of 23 members having less important functions and authority
[C16: from Late Hebrew, from Greek sunedrion council, from sun- syn- + hedra seat]


(sænˈhɛd rɪn, -ˈhi drɪn, sɑn-, ˈsæn ɪ drɪn)

also San•he•drim

(ˈsæn hɪ drɪm, ˈsæn ɪ-)

the supreme legislative council and ecclesiastical and secular tribunal of the ancient Jews, exercising authority until a.d. 70.
[1580–90; < late Hebrew Sanhedhrīn < Greek synédrion=syn- syn- + hédr(a) seat (compare cathedral) + -ion n. suffix]
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Noun1.Sanhedrin - the supreme judicial and ecclesiastical council of ancient Jerusalem
council - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"


[ˈsænɪdrɪn] nsinedrio
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Given the biography's claim that John Mark was a priest and scribe, Gray said it is "fascinating to focus on one particular use of the name 'John' in Acts 4:6, which may demonstrate to us that John Mark was a member of the Sanhedrin.
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Based on the scriptural details of the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most probably on a Friday.
Indeed, the source is in the Talmud (TB Sanhedrin 89b), which discusses the case of a genuine prophet who calls for the temporary violation of a Torah law.
The Sanhedrin had met and branded you a national threat.
Yes, there would be wailing and weeping from a few parents and kin, but the cries might not reach the hearts of the Sanhedrin or the ears of Rome.
O fewn wythnosau, roeddwn ger bron y Sanhedrin am gymryd rhan ym mhrotestiadau'r myfyrwyr.
In a rare statement of theological or dogmatic principles, the Mishnah Sanhedrin (10:1 ff.
A number of his disciples--Peter, Thomas, Judas, and Mary Magdalene--are well-drawn, and plausible motivation is offered not only for Judas' betrayal, but also for the machinations of Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin.
Which makes one wonder about the activities of the Sanhedrin in the gospels and Acts: Who comprised this fateful assembly, and how did they get to be the deciders anyway?