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Sanhedrin
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Sanhedrin, Hebrew (and Aram.) ןירִדהַנְסַ, loanword from Greek συνέδριον/synédrion, “assembly, tribunal, council.” Earlier scholarship saw in the Sanhedrin the highest legislative and judicial body of Palestinian Judaism (I), established in the Hellenistic period and continued by the rabbis (II, 1) into the 5th century after the destruction of the second temple (II, 4); initially it was headed by the high priest, later by the nasi. This picture is a harmonization of statements in Flavius Jo…

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Jacobs, Martin, “Sanhedrin”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025201>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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