Scot McKnight on Derek Lehman on the Pharisees:
There are several reasons why the Pharisees are misunderstood:
>Josephus, who was a Pharisee, exaggerated their power and influence
>The later rabbis (third through sixth centuries), whose origins were in the Pharisee movement, exaggerated their power and influence when writing about the first century
>The other parties (Sadducees, Essenes, Herodians) all ceased to exist after 70 CE
>Yeshua (Jesus) clashed with the Pharisees on some matters of Torah
>Un-careful reading of the Gospels leads people not to notice the Sadducees and chief priests were the main villains, not the Pharisees.
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