Campegius Vitringa on the council of elders in Jewish cities

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  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    Every Jewish city of any repute had its council, which sat in the chief synagogue of the city; and as in the Jewish polity, church and state were not only intimately united, but were, in fact, identical; this council had supreme authority in all matters, whether ecclesiastical or civil. Each council had its President or Patriarch. Its members were styled Presbyters, or Elders. …

    For more, see Campegius Vitringa on the council of elders in Jewish cities.
     
  2. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    N.B. Obviously, I do not agree that church and state were identical in the Old Testament.
     
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