So there gathered in the secret chambers of the High Priest all the chief priests
and elders of the people, and there was numbered among them: Ananus Ben Seth, Joseph
Caiaphas, Ismael Ben Phali, Eleazar Ben Haman, Jonathan Ben Ananus, and Simon Ben
Kambith the chief scribe and a teacher of the law.
Summary: Ananus was a leading elder among the temple council in Jerusalem during
the days of Yeshua. He, along with his son-in-law Caiaphas, the High Priest, were
the chief conspirators against Yeshua and his supporters. After the death of Yeshua,
Ananus was strangled to death at the behest of Caiaphas, who feared Ananus would
reveal details about Yeshua’s illegal arrest, trial and murder (Y:48:28-36).
Ananus served as High Priest during the rule of Pilate, but was removed from office
‘for imposing and executing capital sentences which had been forbidden by the imperial
government.’ (Bunch, Taylor G., Behold the Man, Pacific Press Publishing Association
(Mountain View, California, USA), p.59 (1940)