Who are the Elders mentioned when the Staff of office is presented and why 72?

SPGC on Friday, September 07 2012, 12:15 PM
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    Replied by SPGC on Friday, September 07 2012, 01:47 PM · Hide · #1
    Exodus Ch. 24 refers to the seventy elders of Israel in vv. 1 and 9. According to Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable the Jewish Sanhedrin probably took its form from the 70 elders appointed to assist Moses in the government of the people. They were highly respected members of the community whose stature, bearing and selfless service had caused them to be selected to assist in enforcing the laws by which everyone was judged. They were also referred to as ‘Elders’ as age was another criteria in their selection. Seventy were selected to preside and there was in addition a President, usually the High Priest, who had the casting vote. Masonic legend also suggests that King Solomon was also a member of the Sanhedrin, making seventy-two in all.

    After the captivity it seems to have been a permanent consistory court. The seventy sat in a semi-circle on each side of the President and the Vice President.
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