....a member of the Sanhedrin? Please cite specific Bible verses to support your position. (Since most all of us here in BB Land ask for such when questioning other BB Landers' basis of whatever doctrine or practice is being debated.) Moreover, can any of you Talmudic scholars cite in the Talmud (or any other post OT Hebraric/Jewish writings where it specifically states (in no uncertain terms!) that being married is/was a requirement for membership in the Sanhedrin? Please understand that I'm only asking these questions simply because, as a non-seminarian-trained, never-been-called-to-preach (much less been called to pastor a church), simple-minded lay person, I've been TOLD from many a Baptist pulpiteerer that, before he was called the Apostle Paul, Saul of Tarsus was indeed a member of the Sanhedrin; and, in order to be a member of it, an individual must have been married!! I'm not questioning that possibility in the life of Saul of Tarsus, it's just that every preacher I've heard that said such has never provided me with SPECIFIC (i.e., "No-Doubt-About-It," "There-It-Is-In-Black-and-White," "Read-It-For-Yourself!") documentation to support such assertion(s) as these. Thanks in advance for your level-headed-approach replies.