Definitions for caiaphasˈkeɪ ə fəs, ˈkaɪ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Cai•a•phasˈkeɪ ə fəs, ˈkaɪ-(n.)
a high priest of the Jews who presided over the assembly that condemned Jesus to death. Matt. 26.
Joseph Caiaphas, known simply as Caiaphas in the New Testament, was the Jewish high priest who is said to have organized the plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas is also said to have been involved in the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus. According to the Gospel accounts, Caiaphas was the major antagonist of Jesus. An ossuary with the name "Joseph son of Caiaphas" was found in Jerusalem in 1990. The authenticity of that discovery has been challenged by some scholars on various grounds.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the High-Priest of the Jews who condemned Christ to death as a violator of the law of Moses.
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