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Many commentators have enjoyed pointing out the Pharisees' mistake, which is just one of several errors they make in this chapter. A "pure" sarcasm would mean that the Pharisees considered Galilee to be the place where prophets came from - a bit like associating Washington, DC with politicians. But the context is their rejection of Jesus (known to them as a ...


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In short, the argument you heard is sound. In John 18:31, the Jewish leaders make it clear they are unable to execute anyone by Roman law: So Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law." The Jews said to him, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death," —John 18:31 NASB The Popular and Critical Bible Encyclopaedia ...


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The point is that outward appearances of righteousness do not fool God. The Pharisees, who were sticklers for the Law, their traditions and rituals for purification, added to the Word of God by imposing additional rules and regulations. This resulted in placing a heavy burden on the people. Jesus condemned their teachings as being merely human rules (Mark ...


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What biblical evidence there is, suggests that there may have been a small window in history (~30-35 years) when this was indeed possible. As well as the verse you've already cited, the Apostle Paul appears not to have been formally excluded from the sect prior to his appearance before the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem detailed in Acts 23 (~57AD). This is seen by ...


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The difference between the Pharisees and the Sadducees are mentioned by Jewish Priest Josephus and also New Testament. The Pharisees - The Pharisees, the scribes, and everyone belonging to the sect of the Pharisees obeyed Traditions of the Elders. Traditions of Elders is also known as Traditions of our fathers (Galatians 1:14) or Traditions of our ...


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Sometimes the Scriptures identify Pharisees specifically, but other times they merely reference chief priests, who may have been Pharisees. There are a few passages of note: The Chief Priests and Scribes cite Micah 5:2 in reference to the birth of the Messiah Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the ...


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Thanks to everyone for the comments and to @Narnian and @Flimzy for their answers. @Narnian, I don't consider the Moses reference a quote, so I was left with the "hard way" suggested by @FMS, which was to individually check every instance of the word "Pharisee" (or "Pharisees") in the Bible. This turned up 93 hits, which I investigated one at a time. I ...


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The pharisees did not want to arrest him in public for the fear of the people. During day time Jesus was always surrounded by the multitude. So it was necessary that he should be arrested during night. But He might not be that distinctive in the night as the disciples also might have similar dress as he wore. Besides, the pharisees could not be sure about ...


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Many of the homes of the time had a courtyard around which were situated various rooms. The courtyard was used for cooking and eating. In John McCray's book Archaeology and the New Testament, he has some diagrams of typical houses of the period. The point being that to "enter" someone's house was not like it is today. The courtyard was open and people ...


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What are the main biblical interpretations used to defend the point of view that Nicodemus had inferior faith? As Jesus had not yet ascended into heaven, those with faith could not yet receive new and eternal life in Jesus. Hebrews chapter eleven is often called the “hall of faith” as numerous old testament figures are commended for their faith. Yet they ...


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Why were the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus? What were they trying to achieve? For the Pharisees, Jesus posed a threat to their intellectual security and leadership. The Pharisees were: An active, vociferous religious Jewish sect in the centuries before and after Christ appeared on earth. They represented by and large the intellectual sector of their ...


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Their question is not just about whether a prophet can come from Galilee, but verse 42 gives more info about their reason for doubting Galilee as the source of the 'Christ'. The Christ should come from David's line and from Bethlehem (prophecy from Micah 5:2). Herod ordered the murder of all the boys in Bethlehem, so there would not be any men from Bethlehem ...


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Paul was a Pharisee, and he quoted scripture extensively in his epistles, but that's not in the Gospels. I find no other examples of Pharisees directly quoting scripture recorded in the New Testament, based on my search at Bible Gateway. But it would be very surprising to think they didn't, as well as they knew the law, which was based on (but not ...


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They wanted to get Jesus in trouble with them (disregarding Moses' Law) or with the Roman government -- or both, if possible. Adulterers were to be put to death, but the Law required two witnesses minimum to prosecute and convict before executing -- or at least two witnesses to cast the first stones (Deut 17:7). I'm not sure how easily the adultery was ...


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At issue here is not whether the Pharisees’ comment is technically correct – as the OP notes, it is easily proven false as a statement of fact. N.T. Wright’s word study of their particular verb and its possible, extended, theological associations is interesting but also a digression. Rather, John is intent on showing that Jewish leaders, centered in ...


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The NET Bible makes an interesting point at footnote 54: Most read your sons as a reference to Jewish exorcists (cf. “your followers,” L&N 9.4; for various views see D. L. Bock, Luke [BECNT], 2:1077-78), but more likely this is a reference to the disciples of Jesus themselves, who are also Jewish and have been healing as well (R. J. Shirock, “Whose ...


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In John 7:46-52, we have evidence that Nicodemus' spiritual condition has changed since his first meeting with Jesus: Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” 46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. 47 “You mean he has deceived you ...


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In this instance, Christ defines and distinguishes the traditions of men versus the word of God (bible). The scribes and Pharisees acknowledge that washing hands was a tradition of the elders, not of God. Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. Mat 15:2 Christ recognizes this ...


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Cornelius à Lapide, S.J., commentates on Mt. 15:2-3: Why do thy disciples, &c. Bread, in this verse, is a common Hebraism for all kinds oi food. Observe : Moses, m the old Law,enjoined, by God's command, that the Jews should abstain from contact with the dead bodies of rapacious birds and unclean animals,from lepers and various other persons and ...


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These are metaphors about hypocrisy: looking good/OK/attractive on the surface, which hides an ugly, perhaps deadly reality on the inside.


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It is pretty much talking about how one can have one side clean and the other unclean. Saying the outside dignity and righteous appearance of the Pharisees give the sense of true righteousness but in fact they are dirty.


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Leaders must be very careful of their utterances because so many are out there waiting to twist their words in order to accuse them and bring them into offense. Like Jesus, leaders should be discretionary and watch for the motive behind every question before giving an answer.


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First we are talking about two different mentalities: The Pharisees think that the best way to serve God is to take the laws literally and to do what the laws say. They don't think about the sense of these laws but they simply do what the laws say. If they are in a situation where you have the choice between doing what the sense of the law is and doing ...


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Maybe I cannot address exactly your questions, but some point to consider: The woman was not a strange in that house Simon, the pharisee known her; Wasn't obvious that she was a sinner This because Simon questioned if Jesus was really a prophet to "guess" who is the woman; Jesus was well-know for being in company with sinners


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I think it's pretty simple. Jesus is saying basically something similar to "If you are accusing me of devilry, then why not your people who also cast out demons?". That is to say, who have you been calling on to cast out demons? Well, that's me! And as Christ continues, He goes on to explain how Satan's kingdom wouldn't stand if he stood against himself, ...


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How about researching the passages concerning Nicodemus in which he appears? In John 3:2, we find that Nicodemus sees Jesus as a teacher, not a savior: This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus then gave him an example ...


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'Rules' regarding hygiene are literally a matter of life and death. The Pharisees enforced their 'rules' strictly to ensure the health of the Jewish community. The rules became laws that separated, when less hygienic gentiles started mixing with the Jews. The Galileans followed the custom of the Greeks who did not wash their hands before eating. According ...


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