An Introduction to Sanhedrin

July 19, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The opening Mishna of Masechet Sanhedrin explains the workings of a three-tiered court system. One handled monetary law, and consisted of three judges; one was for capital offences, and consisted of 23 judges; and one dealt with national issues such as borders or war and peace, and consisted of 71 judges. It is this court of 71 that is known as a Sanhedrin, from the Greek word synedrion, meaning a council.  Explicating the...
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