It was hard for Satan alone to mislead the whole world, so he appointed prominent rabbis in different localities.” ~ A Chasidic saying attributed to Nahman of Bratzlav, early 19th century. ~ Leo Rosten “The Joys of Yiddish” (Washington Square Press 1968)
"God intervenes in a rabbinical dispute and is logically defeated by a Rabbi. God proclaims the Rabbi the victor in the debate." (Baba Mezia, 59b, p. 353).
"The Rabbis are greater than the prophets". (Baba Bathra, 12a, p.59).
"The commands of the Rabbis are more important than the commands of the Bible..." (Erubin 21b. pp.149-150).