11:47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 1 called the council 2 together and said, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs.
11:57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 3 had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 4 was should report it, so that they could arrest 5 him.) 6
2 tn Or “Sanhedrin” (the Sanhedrin was the highest legal, legislative, and judicial body among the Jews). The συνέδριον (sunedrion) which they gathered was probably an informal meeting rather than the official Sanhedrin. This is the only occurrence of the word συνέδριον in the Gospel of John, and the only anarthrous singular use in the NT. There are other plural anarthrous uses which have the general meaning “councils.” The fact that Caiaphas in 11:49 is referred to as “one of them” supports the unofficial nature of the meeting; in the official Sanhedrin he, being high priest that year, would have presided over the assembly. Thus it appears that an informal council was called to discuss what to do about Jesus and his activities.
4 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
5 tn Or “could seize.”
6 sn This is a parenthetical note by the author.