The Jewish council or Sanhedrin (Jn 11:47-11:47)

“Thus,

The chief priests

And the Pharisees

Called a meeting

Of the council.

They said.

‘What are we to do?

This man

Is performing

Many signs.’”

Συνήγαγον οὖν οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ οἱ Φαρισαῖοι συνέδριον, καὶ ἔλεγον Τί ποιοῦμεν, ὅτι οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος πολλὰ ποιεῖ σημεῖα;

John uniquely indicated that the chief priests (οὖν οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς) and the Pharisees (οἱ Φαρισαῖοι) gathered together (Συνήγαγον) or called a meeting of the council or Sanhedrin (συνέδριον).  They wondered or said (καὶ ἔλεγον) what were they going to do (Τί ποιοῦμεν), since this man (ὅτι οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος), Jesus, was performing many signs (πολλὰ ποιεῖ σημεῖα).  Was this council the official Jerusalem religious Sanhedrin, the supreme court of the Jewish people?  This Sanhedrin had about 70 people of priests, Scribes, and elders.  The raising of Lazarus probably upset the Sadducees who did not believe in the resurrection.  However, they were not explicitly mentioned here.  Once again, there was an emphasis on signs rather than miracles that Jesus had done.  Certainly, they were upset that this raising of Lazarus was so close to Jerusalem in Bethany.  Do you like to go to meetings?

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