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Related: Sadducees; Sanhedrin; Essenes; Herodians; Leaven   Pharisees. This name comes from the Hebrew word ‘parash’ which means ‘to separate’. This was a name given to a religious sect among the Jews beginning in the 2nd century BC, who called themselves ‘chasidim’, which means ‘pious ones.’ The movement began with good intentions in the era of […]
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Matthew 23

The Pharisees stood in the highest public place as far as their religious knowledge and practices. The Lord knew that from a religious standpoint, the Pharisees were driving the nation. The most severe pronouncements in the Lord’s public ministry are reserved for this class… the most privileged.