What is a Pharisee?
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What is a Pharisee?
The Pharisees were some of the Jewish religious leaders in the time of Jesus.

The religious leaders of the time included chief priests, elders and Pharisees, Sadducees, etc. All were religious leaders.  Chief priests were Levites and part of the Aaronic priesthood.  Pharisees were very strictly religious people not necessarily of the Levitical tribe (e.g. Paul was a Benjamite) who were attempting to follow the Scriptures literally.  The Sadducees were more religiously liberal, and tended to view the requirements of Scripture less literally.  The Herodians were aligned with Herod and the government.

Pharisees were typically self-righteous and legalistic, flaunting their own "good works" before others to make themselves appear superior. Jesus referred to them many times as hypocrites

In Luke 14:8-11, we read the story of the Pharisee who prayed a prayer filled with self-righteousness and pride. He apparently prayed to himself more to impress others than to talk to God. He did not recognize that he needed God`s forgiveness because he, like all mankind, was a sinner. Read that account here

When Jesus ate with Simon the Pharisee, a prostitute entered the house and Jesus showed grace and mercy to her when we recognized that He was holy.  The Pharisees greatly judged Jesus` attitude of grace and mercy. Read that account here.

However, not all Pharisees were religious hypocrites. Nicodemus, who we see in John`s biography of Jesus chapter 3, was a humble man who recognized Jesus for Who He was-God`s Son.

Read more accounts about Pharisees in the biographies of Jesus here.

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What is a Pharisee?
You have got this so wrong. The Sadducees were the strict literalists, not the Pharisees. The Sadducees were liberal in their political conduct but not in their religious views. Because of their literalism, they did not believe in the resurrection because it could not be proved from Torah. The Pharisees on the other hand also adhered to the Oral Torah making their interpretation of scripture more fluid. Not all Pharisees were self-righteous and legalistic.

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