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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The legal power or right of an authority to handle a particular case; judicial authority over a cause or class of causes; as, certain suits or actions, or the cognizance of certain crimes, are within the jurisdiction of a particular court, that is, within the limits of its authority or commission.

2. (n.) The authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate; the right of making or enforcing laws; the power or right of exercising authority.

3. (a.) Sphere of authority; the limits within which any particular power may be exercised, or within which a government or a court has authority.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

joo-ris-dik'-shun (exousia): The word exousia is well known in New Testament Greek. It is derived from the word exesti, and suggests the absence of any hindrance to an act. It contains the idea of right and might (Cremer). In the New Testament it means right, authority, capability (Romans 9:21); power, strength (Matthew 9:8); right and might (John 5:27). Thus it gets the meaning of the powers of the magistrate, which it bears in later Greek (Titus 3:1 Romans 13:1-3). And in this sense it is used in Luke 23:7, where it is translated "jurisdiction."

1849. exousia -- power to act, authority
... power to act, authority NASB Word Usage authorities (7), authority (65), charge
(1), control (1), domain (2), dominion (1), jurisdiction (1), liberty (1 ...
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2961. kurieuo -- to be lord of, rule
... over. 2961 (from 2962 , "lord") -- properly, to exercise rights over one's
as an with full (lordship) over this jurisdiction. Word ...
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1203. despotes -- lord, master
... 1203 (from , "husband") -- properly, an authority figure ("master") who
exercises complete jurisdiction (wields unrestricted power). ...
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4892. sunedrion -- a sitting together, hence a council, spec. the ...
... Mt 5:21,22). [The Great Sanhedrin met in and basically lacked jurisdiction
in Galilee and Samaria (Dr. Maclean, Hasting's ). synagogues ...
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2963. kuriotes -- lordship
... celestial hierarchy. 2963 (from 2962 , "lord") -- dominion; a power exerting
itself in a particular jurisdiction ("ruling"). Word Origin ...
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2634. katakurieuo -- to bend down
... 2634 (from 2596 , ", according to," intensifying 2691 , "exercise lordship") --
properly, exercise control (ward) as an with full jurisdiction; (passive) to be ...
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935. basileus -- a king
... As King, Jesus Christ has unqualified jurisdiction over all creation --
also being God the Creator. (cf. Jn 1:1-3,49). See 932 (). ...
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758. archon -- ruler, chief
... 758 (from 757 , "rule, take precedence") -- properly, a ruler (chief); a commander
with authority (influence) over people in a particular jurisdiction. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4896. mishtar -- rule, authority
... Word Origin from the same as shoter Definition rule, authority NASB Word Usage rule
(1). dominion. From shoter; jurisdiction -- dominion. see HEBREW shoter. ...
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4082. medinah -- a province
... every province. From diyn; properly, a judgeship, ie Jurisdiction; by implication,
a district (as ruled by a judge); generally, a region -- (X every) province. ...
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Of the Jurisdiction of the Church, and the Abuses of It, as ...
/.../the institutes of the christian religion/chapter 11 of the jurisdiction.htm

Excursus on the Extent of the Jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome ...
... Excursus on the Extent of the Jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome Over the
Suburbican Churches. Although, as Hefele well says, "It ...
/.../schaff/the seven ecumenical councils/excursus on the extent of.htm

Decree on the Jurisdiction of Jerusalem and Antioch.
... The Canons of the Blessed and Holy Fathers Assembled at Antioch in Syria. Decree
on the Jurisdiction of Jerusalem and Antioch. Session VII. ...
/.../schaff/the seven ecumenical councils/decree on the jurisdiction of.htm

Whether a Man Can Justly Judge one who is not Subject to his ...
justly judge one who is not subject to his jurisdiction? ...
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Whether a Man who is Excommunicated or Suspended Can Excommunicate ...
... For such a one has lost neither orders nor jurisdiction, since neither is he ordained
anew when he is absolved, nor is his jurisdiction renewed. ...
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Whether a Penitent, at the Point of Death, Can be Absolved by any ...
... For absolution requires jurisdiction, as stated above [4847](A[5]). Now a priest
does not acquire jurisdiction over a man who repents at the point of death. ...
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Whether it is Lawful for Anyone to Confess to Another than his Own ...
... I answer that, A priest may be hindered in two ways from hearing a man's confession:
first, through lack of jurisdiction; secondly, through being prevented ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/aquinas/summa theologica/whether it is lawful for 20.htm

Epistle viii. To Boniface, Deacon.
... to the camp of Cassiopus, which is situate in the island of Corcyra, and how the
bishop of Euria is endeavouring to withdraw it from the jurisdiction of the ...
/.../the epistles of saint gregory the great/epistle viii to boniface deacon.htm

Article xxviii (xiv): of Ecclesiastical Power.
... And we are pleased with the ancient division of power into power of the order and
power of jurisdiction [that is the administration of the Sacraments and the ...
/.../the apology of the augsburg confession/part 36 article xxviii xiv .htm

Epistle vii. To Alcyson, Bishop of Corcyra.
... to priestly moderation, contrary to the ordinances of the sacred canons, they should
attempt to withdraw the aforesaid camp from thy jurisdiction and subject ...
/.../the epistles of saint gregory the great/epistle vii to alcyson bishop.htm

Jurisdiction (4 Occurrences)
... case; judicial authority over a cause or class of causes; as, certain suits or actions,
or the cognizance of certain crimes, are within the jurisdiction of a ...
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Province (66 Occurrences)
... or direction of any special person; the district or division of a country, especially
an ecclesiastical division, over which one has jurisdiction; as, the ...
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Bethsaida (7 Occurrences)
... Thus Gamala, on the eastern shore, was within the jurisdiction of Josephus, who
commanded in Galilee (BJ, II, xx, 4). Judas of Gamala (Ant., XVIII, i, l) is ...
/b/bethsaida.htm - 19k

Ordinary (17 Occurrences)
... 4. (n.) An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not
by deputation. 5. (n.) One who has immediate jurisdiction...
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Sanhedrim (20 Occurrences)
... Its jurisdiction was greatly curtailed by Herod, and afterwards by the Romans. ... It
had jurisdiction of religious matters. Multi-Version Concordance ...
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See (8256 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) Specifically: (a) The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the
jurisdiction of a bishop; as, the see of New York. (b) The ...
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Sheol (64 Occurrences)
... she'-ol (she'ol): 1. The Name 2. The Abode of the Dead (1) Not a State of
Unconsciousness (2) Not Removed from God's Jurisdiction (3) Relation to Immortality ...
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Presbytery (1 Occurrence)
... pastor. This body has a general jurisdiction over the churches under its
care, and next below the provincial synod in authority. ...
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Areopagus (3 Occurrences)
... In 594 BC the jurisdiction in criminal cases was given to the archons who had
discharged the duties of their office well and honorably, consequently to the ...
/a/areopagus.htm - 14k

Sanhedrin (19 Occurrences)
... of Christ, the Sanhedrin was formally led by the Sadducean high priests, but
practically ruled by the Pharisees (Ant., XVIII, i, 4). 4. Jurisdiction: In the ...
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Bible Concordance
Jurisdiction (4 Occurrences)

Luke 20:20 They watched him, and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous, that they might trap him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor.
(See RSV)

Luke 23:7 When he found out that he was in Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days.

Romans 7:1 Or don't you know, brothers (for I speak to men who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man for as long as he lives?
(See NAS)

Nehemiah 3:7 Next to them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, that appertained to the throne of the governor beyond the River.
(See RSV)



Jury Duty

Jury of Seventy Men, Elders (Senators)

Jury of Ten Men

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