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Acts 5:21. See SANHEDRIN.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Acts 5:21), the "elders of Israel" who formed a component part of the Sanhedrin.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) An assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions.

2. (n.) A body of elders appointed or elected from among the nobles of the nation, and having supreme legislative authority.

3. (n.) The upper and less numerous branch of a legislature in various countries, as in France, in the United States, in most of the separate States of the United States, and in some Swiss cantons.

4. (n.) In general, a legislative body; a state council; the legislative department of government.

5. (n.) The governing body of the Universities of Cambridge and London.

6. (n.) In some American colleges, a council of elected students, presided over by the president of the college, to which are referred cases of discipline and matters of general concern affecting the students.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

sen'-at, sen'-a-ter: In Psalm 105:22, "teach his senators (the Revised Version (British and American) "elders") wisdom." The Hebrew is zaqen, "elder" Septuagint presbuteroi). In Acts 5:21, "called the council together and all the senate of the children of Israel." The Greek gerousia, is here evidently used as a more precise equivalent of the foregoing "council" (sunedrion), to which it is added by kai, explicative. Reference is had to the Sanhedrin. See SANHEDRIN. This term gerousia occurs in Septuagint Exodus 3:16, etc., and in 1 Maccabees 12:6; 2 Maccabees 1:10; 4:44 of the supreme council of the Jews (see GOVERNMENT). In 1 Maccabees 8:15; 12:3, bouleuterion, is used of the Roman senate, which is said to consist of 320 members meeting daily, consulting always for the people, to the end that they may be well governed. These statements are not quite accurate, since the senate consisted normally of 300 members, and met not daily, but on call of the magistrates. Originally, like the gerousia of the Jews, the representatives of families and clans (gentes), the senators were subsequently the ex-magistrates, supplemented, to complete the tale of members, by representatives of patrician (in time also of plebeian) families selected by the censor. The tenure was ordinarily for life, though it might be terminated for cause by the censor. Although constitutionally the senate was only an advisory body, its advice (senatus consultum, auctoritas) in fact became in time a mandate which few dared to disregard. During the republican period the senate practically ruled Rome; under the empire it tended more and more to become the creature and subservient tool of the emperors.

William Arthur Heidel

1087. gerousia -- a council of elders
... Word Origin from geron Definition a council of elders NASB Word Usage Senate (1). ...
From geron; the eldership, ie (collectively) the Jewish Sanhedrin -- senate. ...
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Cliv. Report of the Same to the Senate of Constantinople. this ...
... Letters of the Blessed Theodoret, CLIV. Report of the same to the Senate of
Constantinople. ... CLIV. Report of the same to the Senate of Constantinople. ...
/.../theodoret/the ecclesiastical history of theodoret/cliv report of the same.htm

Epistle of Marcus Aurelius to the Senate in which He Testifies ...
... Epistle of Marcus Aurelius to the senate in which he testifies that the
Christians were the cause of his victory. The Emperor Cæsar ...
/.../justin/the first apology of justin/epistle of marcus aurelius to.htm

Letter clxxxiii. To the Senate of Samosata.
Senate of Samosata. Seeing, as I do, that temptation is ...
/.../basil/basil letters and select works/letter clxxxiii to the senate.htm

Letter Xcvii. To the Senate of Tyana.
Senate of Tyana. The Lord, Who reveals hidden things, and ...
/.../basil/basil letters and select works/letter xcvii to the senate.htm

Concerning the Books of Numa Pompilius, which the Senate Ordered ...
... Chapter 34."Concerning the Books of Numa Pompilius, Which the Senate Ordered to
Be Burned, in Order that the Causes of Sacred Rights Therein Assigned Should ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 34 concerning the books of.htm

How Claudius was Seized Upon and Brought Out of his House and ...
... CHAPTER 3. How Claudius Was Seized Upon And Brought Out Of His House And Brought
To The Camp; And How The Senate Sent An Embassage To Him. ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 3 how claudius was.htm

It was the Fifth Anniversary of that Resolution of the Senate ...
... CHAPTER 9 It was the fifth anniversary of that resolution of the senate
fathers to consecrate the� It was the fifth anniversary ...
// 9 it was the.htm

And by this Stratagem it was that I Gradually Got all the Senate ...
... Section 34. And by this stratagem it was that I gradually got all the senate
of� 34. And by this stratagem it was that I gradually ...
/.../josephus/the life of flavius josephus/section 34 and by this.htm

Have Read the Document Sent from the East by Our Friend and Good ...
... I have read the document sent from the East by our friend and good brother
to a distinguished member of the Senate. I have read the ...
/.../i have read the document.htm

Of the Temple of Concord, which was Erected by a Decree of the ...
... Book III. Chapter 25."Of the Temple of Concord, Which Was Erected by a Decree
of the Senate on the Scene of These Seditions and Massacres. ...
// of god/chapter 25 of the temple of.htm

Senate (1 Occurrence)
...SENATE; SENATOR. ... These statements are not quite accurate, since the senate consisted
normally of 300 members, and met not daily, but on call of the magistrates. ...
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... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) A member of a senate. 2. (n.) A member of the
king's council; a king's councilor. ... Standard Bible Encyclopedia. SENATE; SENATOR. ...
/s/senator.htm - 8k

Rome (12 Occurrences)
Struggle between Patricians and Plebeians 3. The Senate and Magistrates 4 ...
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Augustus (4 Occurrences)
... This name being simply a title meaning "majesty" or "venerable," first given
to him by the senate (BC 27), was borne by succeeding emperors. ...
/a/augustus.htm - 12k

Triumph (52 Occurrences)
... It was granted by the senate only to one who had held the office of dictator, consul,
or praetor, and after a decisive victory in the complete subjugation of a ...
/t/triumph.htm - 24k

Tiberius (1 Occurrence)
... Augustus in practically excluding the people from government by transferring the
right of election from the comitia of the people to the senate, leaving to the ...
/t/tiberius.htm - 15k

Deputy (7 Occurrences)
... It is the modern word pasha. In Acts 13:7, 8, 12; 18:12, it denotes a proconsul;
ie, the governor of a Roman province holding his appointment from the senate. ...
/d/deputy.htm - 11k

Demetrius (3 Occurrences)
... The Roman Senate, however, refused to listen to his plea for the restoration to
Syria, because, as Polybius says, they felt surer of their power over Syria ...
/d/demetrius.htm - 17k

Province (66 Occurrences)
... The senate determined the distinction between consular and praetorian provinces
and generally controlled the assignment of the provinces to the ex-magistrates. ...
/p/province.htm - 38k

Pass (1172 Occurrences)
... as an examination, trail, test, etc.; to obtain the formal sanction of, as a
legislative body; as, he passed his examination; the bill passed the senate. 23. ...
/p/pass.htm - 44k

Bible Concordance
Senate (1 Occurrence)

Acts 5:21 When they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the high priest came, and those who were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.



Senate: Senator (An Elder)

Senate: The Sanhedrin

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