- n. A member of a political party, a social movement, and a school of thought among Jews that flourished during the Second Temple Era (536 BCE–70 CE). The movement was ultimately the basis for most contemporary forms of Judaism.
- n. idiomatic A person who values the letter of the law over the spirit or intention of the law.
- From Hebrew פרושים (prushim) from פרוש (parush), meaning a "detached" one, a separatist, or one who is separated for a life of purity. (Wiktionary)
“Jesus was so inclusive in spirit that the separatists the true definition of the word Pharisee both resented and resisted Him.”
“A Pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.”
“I'm using the word Pharisee, I hasten to add in a footnote, not in the historical precise sense that New Testament scholars want us to use it now, but in that misleading colloquial sense it has acquired over the centuries.”
“The name Pharisee means "The Separated One"; and the Pharisees were those who had separated themselves from ordinary people and ordinary life in order to keep these rules and regulations.”
“We associate whatever is odious in hypocrisy or base in craft with the name Pharisee, while really it was the most distinguished title among the Jews.”
“We read his bitter railings at the Pharisees, and miss the point entirely, because the word Pharisee has become to us a word of reproach.”
“Those who adopted the religious ideas of the Parsees were called Pharisees (according to some authorities the word Pharisee was the Hebrew form of Parsee), and those who followed strictly the Jewish ideas, ceremonies, rituals and beliefs were called Sadducees.”
“Now the nature of this fraternity or sect we may learn from the origination of their name Pharisee; it being derived from P+oR+aSh parasch, separavit, discrevit, whence in Greek they were called aphopisme'noi,  separati.”
“The apostles, who were fishermen, were despised because they had no learning; Paul, who was a university-man, and bred a Pharisee, is despised as having too much learning, more than did him good.”
“I. Christ's going to dine with a Pharisee that very civilly invited him to his house (v. 37); As he spoke, even while he was speaking, a certain Pharisee interrupted him with a request to him to come and dine with him, to come forthwith, for it was dinner-time.”
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