What were the characteristics of a conscientious Pharisee in the days of Jesus and Paul? Answers to this question will serve to give some impression of Paul's experience between the completion of his study at the rabbinical college at Jerusalem and the first mention of him in the book of Acts. The Jews in exile in Babylon, far from Jerusalem where their beloved temple lay in ruins, strove to preserve, in letter and in spirit, the ancient tradition of the law of Moses, which was their major link with home.
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