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Caiaphas (kâ'ya-fas), depression. A high priest of the Jews, a.d. 27-36, and presided over the Sanhedrin at the tune of our Saviour's trial. John 11:49; John 11:51. The office was formerly held for life, but at this time the high priest was appointed at the pleasure of the Roman government. The raising of Lazarus angered the Sanhedrin, and Caiaphas turned their thoughts toward the execution of the hated and feared teacher Jesus by deliberately advising his death on the plea of expediency. His language was unconscious prophecy. John 11:49-52. Caiaphas was deposed by the proconsul Vitellius, 36 a.d.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Caiaphas'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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