They seized Jesus (Lk 22:54-22:54)

“Then they seized Jesus.

They led him away.

They brought him

Into the high priest’s house.

Peter followed

At a distance.”

Συλλαβόντες δὲ αὐτὸν ἤγαγον καὶ εἰσήγαγον εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν τοῦ ἀρχιερέως· ὁ δὲ Πέτρος ἠκολούθει μακρόθεν.

Luke said that they seized Jesus (Συλλαβόντες).  They then led him away (δὲ αὐτὸν ἤγαγον).  They brought him (καὶ εἰσήγαγον) into the high priest’s house (εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν τοῦ ἀρχιερέως).  Peter followed at a distance (ὁ δὲ Πέτρος ἠκολούθει μακρόθεν).  Luke was vague about who this high priest was and who the “they” were.  Mark, chapter 14:53, simply said that they took Jesus to the high priest (Καὶ ἀπήγαγον τὸν Ἰησοῦν πρὸς τὸν ἀρχιερέα), without mentioning his name or saying it was his house.  Apparently, the chief priests (οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς), the elder presbyters (καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι), and the Scribes (καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς) had all gathered or assembled there (καὶ συνέρχονται πάντες).  John, chapter 18:13-14, said that they brought Jesus to the house of the father-in-law of Caiaphas, Annas, who had been the high priest of Jerusalem from 6-15 CE, before he was removed by the Romans at the age of 36, even though he lived to the age of 61.  Thus, he had a lot of influence on things.  John remarked that Caiaphas had said it was better for one person to die for the people.  Caiaphas was the high priest from 18-36 CE since he had married the daughter of Annas.  Matthew, chapter 26:57, said that those who had seized, arrested, or captured Jesus (Οἱ δὲ κρατήσαντες τὸν Ἰησοῦν) took him to the house of Caiaphas, the high priest (ἀπήγαγον πρὸς Καϊάφαν τὸν ἀρχιερέα).  Apparently, the Scribes and the elder presbyters had gathered or assembled there (ὅπου οἱ γραμματεῖς καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι συνήχθησα).  Was this an official meeting of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin?  Probably not, because these official meetings could not be held during the festival days or during the Passover.  On the other hand, some kind of informal meeting was possible, especially if it was at the house of the former high priest Annas.  However, there was no mention of the Pharisees or the Sadducees being there either.  This could have been the house of Caiaphas or Annas, while Luke and Mark simply said that it was the house of the high priest.  Have you ever been to an unofficial meeting?

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