Paul is Often Thought to Have Been a Member of the Sanhedrin
Paul (Saul) was one of the official witnesses of the stoning of Stephen (see Acts 7:58), an action ordered by the Sanhedrin. He also gave his vote with the Sanhedrin against the Christians prior to his conversion. ( Acts 26:10.) He obviously was an "Official." Further evidence of Paul's position is found in Acts 9:1-2 where Paul went before the high priest and requested letters authorizing his "official" persecution in bringing Christians to trial and imprisonment. He had been educated by Gamaliel who according to Acts 5:34 was a member of the Sanhedrin. In reflecting on his former high Jewish office he compared it with his calling to preach the Gospel in Galatians 1:13,14. He is probably called a "ruler." in Luke 18:18-23.