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Caiaphas in Wikipedia
Yosef Bar Kayafa (Hebrew יוסף בַּר קַיָּפָא, pronounced [josef baʁ
qaiːofoʔ])[needs stress] (which translates as Joseph, son of
Caiaphas), also known simply as Caiaphas (Greek Καϊάφας) in
the New Testament, was the Roman Empire-appointed Jewish high
priest who organised the plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas is also
claimed to have been involved in the trial of Jesus after his
arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Gospels of Matthew and John (though not those of Mark and
Luke) mention Caiaphas in connection with the trial of Jesus.
Because he was the high priest, Caiaphas was also chairman of
the Sanhedrin, the Jewish high court. According to the
Gospels, Jesus was arrested by the Temple guard and a hearing
was organized by Caiaphas and others in which Jesus was
accused of blasphemy. Finding him guilty, the Sanhedrin took
him to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, where they further
accused him of sedition against Rome.
In the Mishnah, Parah 3:5 refers to him as Ha-Koph (the
monkey), a play on his name for opposing Mishnat Ha-Hasidim...