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Pharisees (Φαρισαῖος, Pharisaios). Members of a Jewish party that exercised strict piety according to Mosaic law. The Pharisees were a sect within early Judaism, becoming active around 150 bc and enduring as a distinct party until being subsumed into the Rabbinic movement around ad 135.
Pharisees, Critical Issues
Pharisees, Critical Issues Surveys modern scholarship on the New Testament’s portrayal of the Pharisees. Since the Gospels focus on the ministry, teaching, and passion of Jesus, they provide only anecdotal evidence of the Pharisees. Scholarly investigation—especially of extrabiblical sources—seeks a