[san-hed-rin, -hee-drin, sahn-, san-i-drin]
noun Jewish History.
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
< late Hebrew Sanhedhrīn
< Greek synédrion,
equivalent to syn- syn-
) seat (cf. cathedral
) + -ion
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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
Word Origin for Sanhedrin
C16: from Late Hebrew, from Greek sunedrion council, from sun- syn- + hedra seat
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