[san-hed-rin, -hee-drin, sahn-, san-i-drin]
- Also called Great Sanhedrin. the highest council of the ancient Jews, consisting of 71 members, and exercising authority from about the 2nd century b.c.
- Also called Lesser Sanhedrin. a lower tribunal of this period, consisting of 23 members.
Also San·he·drim [san-hi-drim, san-i-] /ˈsæn hɪ drɪm, ˈsæn ɪ-/.
Origin of Sanhedrin
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- the supreme judicial, ecclesiastical, and administrative council of the Jews in New Testament times, having 71 members
- 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
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Word Origin and History for great-sanhedrin
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