History of the Trial: How many did Jesus have?

1. HOUSE OF ANNAS

Following Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane at the bottom of the Kidron Valley east of the city wall, he was brought before Annas who was the powerful ex-high priest and the real power behind the title of High Priest. By the Mosaic law, the high-priesthood was for life, but he had been deposed by the Roman prefect Valerius Gratus.

2. TRIAL AT PALACE OF CAIAPHAS

Because it was after dark and the gates of the Temple where they would have met were locked, certain members of the Sanhedrin, the scribes and elders, met in the southwest quarter of the city at the palace of the current high priest Joseph, son of Caiaphas, known popularly as Caiaphas. Before this incident, Caiaphas had said about Jesus that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people. This was more prescient than Caiaphas could know.

Palace of Caiaphas

3. TRIAL AT PILATE’S PRAETORIUM

4. TRIAL AT HEROD ANTIPAS’ HASMONEAN PALACE

Hasmonean Palace

5. TRIAL WITH PILATE AGAIN

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