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Beginning with this issue, we will occasionally be including an extended note on some aspect of the Bible of special interest to Journal readers.

Jesus and the Pharisees

From the January 1992 issue of The Christian Science Journal


In Jesus' time the Pharisees were the dominant religious influence in Judaism. The first-century Jewish historian Josephus tells us that they had great "power over the multitude" and were generally supposed to "excel others" as authoritative interpreters of the Jewish law (The Works of Josephus: New Updated Edition).