[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 functions of the Sanhedrin were religious and moral, and also political.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
The Sanhedrin "votes on" candidates for admission to its own body.Christian Science
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It is no wonder the Sanhedrin could not appreciate his oration.
Luke tells us that the members of the Sanhedrin "feared the people."
It was a maxim that "the Sanhedrin was to save, not to destroy life."
- 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 sanhedrin
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