5:17 Pharisees. Josephus indicates that there were more than six thousand Pharisees. They saw themselves as God’s “separated ones” and sought to serve Him well. Many were godly, but their emphasis on outward acts and ritual taboos made others hard and formal. Such men opposed Jesus vigorously.
teachers of the law. Scribes whose work centered on interpreting the law of God. Many were Pharisees.