Who Were the Scribes and the Pharisees?

(Who were the scribes and the Pharisees?) Bible Question.


“I read in the Bible of the scribes and Pharisees, but who were these people?”


Instead of giving you a long, detailed history of each group, here’s a quick summary . . .

Scribes – their function was similar to a scholar today. They read, wrote, copied and interpreted the Old Testament. They were expected to be thoroughly acquainted with the Law of Moses and were highly regarded by the people for their learning and supposed spirituality. Most of the scribes were of the sect of the Pharisees.

Pharisees – they were a sect of Jewish people who held to certain customs. They were meticulous in keeping not only the commands of the Law of Moses, but the many traditions that had grown up around the law. They loved the idea of being a strict and devout. But they had (as a group) replaced faith with legalistic law-keeping. As a result the Pharisees had a very difficult time with Jesus and His teaching on love, mercy and faith.



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