1. A group of teachers among the Jews (see also Jews ) at the time of Jesus ; he frequently rebukes them in the Gospels for their hypocrisy. Jesus says they are like “the blind leading the blind,” or like “whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.”

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This latter group shortly came to be known as the Pharisees.

Pharisees and scribes are reduced stock villains with caricatured Jewish features.

The Hasmonean monarchs who got themselves disliked by the Pharisees must therefore be villains.

That family soon fell afoul of the leading religious authorities of their day, the people known to history as the Pharisees.

But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub, the prince of devils.

The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "Behold, how ye prevail nothing; lo, the world is gone after him."

Then they began to talk among themselves: what had they done to be thus bidden to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees?

Certainly the most cultivated and aristocratic sect--the Sadducees--repudiated it altogether; while the Pharisees held to it.

The Pharisees, a famous sect among the Jews, accepted but the five books of Moses, and rejected all the prophets.