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And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

26:57 Caiaphas the high priest. Caiaphas’ father-in-law was Annas (John 18:13). Acts 4:6 and Luke 3:2 support the fact that both were high priests. This position of high priest had become a political position. Annas had been deposed by Rome, with Caiaphas appointed in his place, but Annas still managed to exercise much of the power of the position. It is sad that both were Sadducees, rejecting the supernatural, and wanting the prestigious position for political and financial reasons only. They were intensely hostile to Jesus for these reasons, rather than for their manufactured charge of blasphemy against God.

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