There were Pharisees, Sadducees, Priests and Scribes but the governing body for the Jews was the Sanhedrin. It was made up of the Jerusalem nobility and Jews from each of these camps. Throughout history, their power and influence changed as the Jewish, Roman and Greek governance changed and allowed the Sanhedrin to function. During Jesus’ days, it held great power but when Herod the Great was in power, he had the entire Sanhedrin executed and held the replacement council in a tight grip during his reign.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.