Pharisaic Dominance Before 70 CE and the Gospels’ Hypocrisy Charge (Matt 23:2-3)

Steven Neil (Steve) Mason

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Abstract


The following study treats two distinct but related questions. First, were the Pharisees the dominant party in Palestinian Judaism before the destruction of the temple? And second, did Jesus of Nazareth engage in controversy with them? Many scholars today would answer one or both of these questions negatively. My thesis, however, is that both should be answered affirmatively and, further, that it was precisely the status of the Pharisees as the dominant party that makes intelligible Jesus' charge of hypocrisy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-381
Number of pages19
JournalHarvard Theological Review
Volume83
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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