What are we to believe about the Pharisees, the sometimes opponents of Yeshua, the group he so often criticized, the group unfortunately turned into the bogeymen of the Bible by too many careless readers?
Yeshua had a lot of critical words for the Pharisees. Why was this? Who would he criticize if he came in our time? My answer is simple but surprising.
I may feature Pharisees in a several podcasts, perhaps the next several. I have been awed by the writing of E.P. Sanders cutting a swath through the field of research on the history and nature of the party known as the Pharisees. His historical reasoning, use of sources, and answers to existing theories astound me with the rare clarity you find only occasionally. No wonder N.T. Wright thinks so highly of Sanders’ take on first century Judaism.
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