Paul says that he is Pharisee (Acts 23:6)

“When Paul noticed

That some were Sadducees

And others were Pharisees,

He called out

In the council.

‘Brothers!

I am a Pharisee!

I am

The son of Pharisees.

I am on trial

Concerning the hope

Of the resurrection

Of the dead.’”

γνοὺς δὲ ὁ Παῦλος ὅτι τὸ ἓν μέρος ἐστὶν Σαδδουκαίων τὸ δὲ ἕτερον Φαρισαίων ἔκραζεν ἐν τῷ συνεδρίῳ Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί, ἐγὼ Φαρισαῖός εἰμι, υἱὸς Φαρισαίων· περὶ ἐλπίδος καὶ ἀναστάσεως νεκρῶν κρίνομαι.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul (δὲ ὁ Παῦλος) noticed (γνοὺς) that some in the council were Sadducees (ὅτι τὸ ἓν μέρος ἐστὶν Σαδδουκαίων), while others were Pharisees (τὸ δὲ ἕτερον Φαρισαίων).  He called out (ἔκραζεν) in the Sanhedrin council (ἐν τῷ συνεδρίῳ), once again addressing them as brothers (Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί).  He said that he was a Pharisee (ἐγὼ Φαρισαῖός εἰμι) and the son of Pharisees (υἱὸς Φαρισαίων).  He maintained that he was on trial (κρίνομαι) concerning the hope (περὶ ἐλπίδος) of the resurrection of the dead (περὶ ἐλπίδος καὶ ἀναστάσεως νεκρῶν).  Next Paul noticed the composition of this Sanhedrin Jewish council.  There were both Sadducees and Pharisees there.  These two Jewish factions of Pharisees and Sadducees developed in the 2nd century before Christ as two distinct religious groups in Jerusalem Judaism, with the biggest disagreement about the afterlife and resurrection.  Paul, the follower of Jesus, maintained that he was a Pharisee and was on trial for his Pharisaical beliefs, not his Christians beliefs about gentiles.  Interesting enough, he cited the shared Pharisee and Christian belief about the resurrection of the dead as the reason that he was being punished.  Thus, he hoped that he would appeal to some Pharisees and infuriate the Sadducees.  Would you side with the Pharisees or the Sadducees?

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