Who were the Pharisees? How did the Pharisees perceive Jesus and why?

Two multi volume bible dictionaries have articles on the Pharisees that should assist in answering the questions that you raise. These articles are written by scholars and also provide references to books and articles fur further reading.

Both of these dictionaries are frequently found in large public or academic libraries. They are:

The Anchor Bible Dictionary ,editor in chief David Noel Freedman, 1992 ('Pharisees' at vol. 5, pp 289-303)

The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, general editor Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, 2006 ( 'Pharisees' , vol 4 at pp. 485-496; this article includes a section called ' The Pharisees and Jesus')



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