(1-14) And the whole council.—The words in the Greek are in apposition with “the chief priests.” We do not know of any other elements in the Council or Sanhedrin than the priests, scribes, and elders, and it is possible that the writer may have added the words in the sense of “even the whole Council,” as giving the collective word for the body of which the three constituent parts had been already named. On the whole section see Notes on Matthew 27:1-2; Matthew 27:11-23.
Scourged him.—The word, like that in St. Matthew, is formed from the Latin flagellum, and forms another link in the chain of evidence just referred to.
(21-38) See Notes on Matthew 27:32-51.
(39-47) See Notes on Matthew 27:54-61.
Went in boldly.—Better, waxed bold, and went in. There is an implied contrast between his boldness now and his previous timidity.