Paul before the High Priest Ananias and the Sanhedrin

High Priest Ananias AD57 – Acts 23:1-23.

The high priest was the elected religious leader of the Jewish people.
He was also the president of the Jewish council called The Sanhedrin.

Ananias in Hebrew means: Jah is gracious.

Ananias and some of the other leaders of the Sanhedrin wanted to kill Paul but God had other ideas that included him going to Rome and pleading his case in front of the Roman emperor. The emperor at this time was Nero, who ruled from AD54 to AD68.

Background Reading:

Paul Before the High Priest Ananias and the Sanhedrin

23:1 Paul looked straight at the Council[Sanhedrin] and said, “Brothers, with a clear conscience I have done my duty before God up to this very day.”

2 Then the high priest Ananias ordered the men standing near him to strike him on the mouth. 3 At this Paul told him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! How can you sit there and judge me according to the Law, and yet in violation of the Law order me to be struck?”

4 The men standing near him asked, “Do you mean to insult God’s high priest?”

5 Paul answered, “I didn’t realize, brothers, that he is the high priest. After all, it is written, ‘You must not speak evil about a ruler of your people.’”

6 When Paul saw that some of them were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he shouted in the Council, “Brothers, I’m a Pharisee and a descendant of Pharisees. I’m on trial concerning the hope that the dead will be resurrected.”

7 After he said that, an angry quarrel broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided, 8 because the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection and that there is no such thing as an angel or spirit, but the Pharisees believe in all those things.

9 There was a great deal of shouting until some of the scribes who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and argued forcefully, “We find nothing wrong with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”

10 The quarrel was becoming violent, and the tribune was afraid that they would tear Paul to pieces. So he ordered the soldiers to go down, take him away from them by force, and bring him into the barracks. 11 That night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Have courage! For just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, you must testify in Rome, too.”
Acts 23:1-11

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