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The high priest before whom Jesus was taken when the chief priests and scribes sought evidence in order to condemn him to death. Actually Annas had finished his time as high priest in A.D. 15 and had been succeeded by his son-in-law, Caiaphas, but the older man's prestige was such that Jesus was brought before him. Having questioned Jesus without significant results, about his disciples and teaching of them, Annas then sent Jesus to Caiaphas for further questioning (John 18:13-24).
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