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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A council of the Jews which held its sittings in Jerusalem, and claimed authority and jurisdiction over the whole Jewish people; it was an aristocratic body, and was presided over by the high-priest; its authority was limited from time to time, and it ceased to exist with the fall of Jerusalem; there is no note of its existence prior to the Grecian period of Jewish history.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Sanhedrim'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/s/sanhedrim.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.