The series of encounters among Jesus and his detractors continues today, but now with a twist. First, they take the offensive, hoping to silence Jesus before they lose credibility with the people. Second, this is an alliance of strange bedfellows. The principal detractors are the Pharisees, who were patriotic and puritanical — the anointed protectors of the Law. They were what we would now call Bible literalists, keeping the letter of Torah at the expense of its spirit, not unlike today’s religious fundamentalists or those jurists calling themselves constitutional originalists. Joining Pharisees for this episode are Herodians, who are Jews who have sold out toRead More →