Pharisee - EasyEnglish Bible Dictionary

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Easy English definition for 'Pharisee':

Pharisee ~ (A) ~ one of a group of Jews who thought that they kept all God's rules. They did not like the things that Jesus taught. They thought that they did not do any wrong things. So, they thought that they were very important and clever.

Pharisee ~ (B) ~ one of a group of Jews who thought that they kept all God's commands. They did not like the things that Jesus taught. They thought that their opinions about religion were always right. So many Pharisees became proud.

Pharisees ~ (B) ~ There were two main groups of Jews at the time of Jesus. They were called the Pharisees and the Sadducees . The Pharisees said that they believed the whole Old Testament . They tried to obey all God's laws. But often they pretended to be holier than they really were. They obeyed many unimportant rules. But often they failed to obey God's most important rules. And they refused to listen to Jesus. They cared more about their religion than about God. Not all Pharisees behaved in this way. Their leaders opposed Jesus. But many other Pharisees believed Jesus. They realised that God sent Jesus. So they trusted Jesus.

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