The chief seats in the synagogues
(thn prwtokaqedrian en tai sunagwgai
). Singular here, plural in Matthew 23:6
. This semi-circular bench faced the congregation. Matthew 23:6
has also the chief place at feasts given by Luke also in that discourse ( Matthew 20:46
) as well as in Matthew 14:7
, a marked characteristic of the Pharisees.