THE Pharisees were a religious sect active in Palestine during the NT period. The Pharisees are consistently depicted in the Gospels as Jesus’ antagonists.
THE BIBLE AS HISTORY: The Law, and the Prophecy
Degenerate and corrupt though the mass of Judaism was, yet the Old Testament economy was the divine institution preparatory to the Christian redemption, and as such received deepest reverence from Christ and his apostles, while they sought by terrible rebuke to lead its unworthy representatives to repentance.
The Jewish World in the Days of Christ
Among the outward means by which the religion of Israel was preserved, one of the most important was the centralization and localization of its worship in Jerusalem.