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Glossary

Magistrates

Magistrates

Under the government of Babylon, police magistrates were civil officers in the jurisdictional districts who knew the law and had limited judicial authority. In Roman colonies, the civil magistrates were administrators of the government. Their duties included maintaining order, controlling finances, judging violators of the law, and ordering the carrying out of punishment.Da 3:2; Ac 16:20.