The Chamber of the Hewn-Stone
One of the chambers in the north of the Court was called the
Chamber of the Hewn-Stone. In the western part of
chamber, where an opening lead to the Chail, the
Great Sanhedrin convened. Its members sat in a semi-circle.
In the center sat the head of the Sanhedrin. In the
eastern part of this chamber, where an opening lead to the Court, the priests on watch gathered to
recite the Shema and to pray here, after the
Tamid offering had been slaughtered and its blood was dashed upon the altar.