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Word: pharisee

Definition: Pharisee: member of an ancient Jewish group that emphasized strict observance of the Mosaic law (considering themselves very holy); hypocritical self-righteous person


Sentences Containing 'pharisee'

A former leading Pharisee, Yohanan ben Zakkai, was appointed the first Patriarch (the Hebrew word, Nasi, also means prince, or president), and he reestablished the Sanhedrin at Jamnia under Pharisaic control.
According to the Acts of the Apostles, Paul of Tarsus (c.5-c.67) was taught by the famous Pharisee Gamaliel in Jerusalem, but modern historians still debate the relationship between Paul of Tarsus and Judaism and the historical reliability of the Acts of the Apostles.
The second refectory is decorated with the "Supper in Simon the Pharisee's house" by Giovanni Battista Vanni (c. 1645); it also houses fragments of frescoes by Lippo d'Andrea.
The term "Pharisee" was no longer used, perhaps because it was a term more often used by non-Pharisees, but also because the term was explicitly sectarian.

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