As we saw in Tractate Sanhedrin
, any Jew who dared violate this rule was condemned to death.
In today's Gospel, Nicodemus visits Christ in the dark, for fear of being noticed by people from his elite class of Pharisees and an even more ultra-exclusive 'club' of the Sanhedrin
People slandered the archdeacon and he was tried by the Sanhedrin
(high priests) for blasphemy against Moses and God and speaking against the Temple and the Law.
They stir up the people and the religious leaders against Stephen and have him brought before the Sanhedrin
that sentences him to be stoned to death for blasphemy.
Eventually, one wise Pharisee, a doctor of law by the name of Gamaliel, addressed the Sanhedrin
after removing the apostles from the Chamber.
We have actually completed the blueprint for one area of the Temple -- the Chamber of Hewn Stone, which is the chamber of the Sanhedrin
Rashi on Deuteronomy 16:1, based on TB Sanhedrin
11b, explains: "Observe the month of spring [aviv]: Before it [Nisan] arrives, watch that it should be fit for the aviv ripening [capable of producing ripe ears of barley by the sixteenth of the month], to offer up in it the omer meal offering.
When Caiaphas asks to see Jesus' entombed body for himself, Pilate chastises him and the Sanhedrin
for working on the Sabbath.
DARKNESS Fr Ludlow said: "The events of Holy Week are the stuff of real life, light and darkness, good and evil, cruelty, trauma, cowardice, power battles between Pharisees, Sanhedrin
, governor, empire.
They even pointed out to the high priest and the Sanhedrin
that they had been complicit in Jesus' death: "Though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree" (Acts 5:30).
We have an obligation by Jewish law to prevent endangerment to others, and we are culpable if we don't (Talmud Bav'li, Sanhedrin
TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "Sadly lost and not forgotten" (Talmud Sanhedrin