According to G.H. Twelftree, the Sanhedrin was the “supreme Jewish religious political and legal council in Jerusalem” (836) and “at least theoretically, the Jerusalem Sanhedrin’s sphere of authority extended over the spiritual, political and legal affairs of the Jews” (839). In other words, while the Sanhedrin still fell under the authority of the Roman Empire, they held a considerable amount of political power among the Jewish people. Since Pharisees and Sadducees made up the membership of this council, they enjoyed a good deal influence. Jesus, it seems, was a threat to the status quo and, therefore, their enviable political status. In the Gospel of John,Read More →

  You’ve probably heard it said before that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Well, that’s what’s going on in Ontario. The Ontario government recently announced that, as of September, elementary schools are required to teach sixty minutes of math each day. At first glance this seems like a positive development. More time spent on a subject in a province where math scores have been dropping for years must be a good thing, right? Look again. The Ontario government would like us to believe that, by mandating more time to teaching math, they’reRead More →