Rethinking Jesus (08) The Pharisees (i)
In the Gospels, the Pharisees seem to be Jesus’ most persistent opponents, and Matthew devotes a whole chapter (23) to giving them what he clearly considers a well deserved roasting. Jesus is said to regard them as “Snakes and children of snakes”, “deserving of going to Hell’. “On the outside”, he says, “you appear good…
They tried to hide the real Pontius Pilate!
The Gospels give accounts of the sayings and doings of Pontius Pilate, the Governor of Judea, who condemned Jesus of Nazareth to death. His reason for doing so would have been swiftly to nip in the bud, the potential for a rebellious riot, in the powder-keg of a jam-packed Jerusalem at Passover Time. The Gospels,…