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Re: Essenes: courts and executions
At 06:27 PM 10/25/96 +0000, you wrote:
>Question: if first-century CE high priests had
>grave difficulties offing political opponents
>without getting Roman permission, what on earth
>is this reference to Essene courts of one hundred
>carrying out formal executions all about?
Is it true that the Jewish authorities had to get permission to execute folk
or is this simply a hold over from the NT gospel's assertion that it was so?
What evidence is there for it, in other words.
Jim West, ThD
Professor of Biblical Languages