(an' nuhss), son of Seth, was a priest at the time John the Baptist began his public preaching (Luke 3:2). Evidently, Annas, whose name means “merciful,” was appointed to the high priesthood about A.D. 6 by Quirinius, governor of Syria. Though he was deposed in A.D. 15 by Gratus, he continued to exercise considerable influence. When Jesus was arrested, He was taken before Annas (John 18:13). After Pentecost, Annas led other priests in questioning Peter and the other church leaders (Acts 4:6).