Publican? Pharisee? What are they?

The Pharisee and the Publican (The Parables of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ), 1864, by Sir John Everett Millais, Wood engraving; proof on India paper, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1921 (21.68.4(19)) Photo: Public domain

In 2019, the terms “publican” and “Pharisee” …

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  1. My Italian neighbors used to joke about the Italian families named the Sadduccis and the Farisis. More seriously we have to appreciate that the Pharisees were minimalists (the real meaning of fundamentalist, different from the bizarre connotation given by the left) and the Sadducees were traditionalists, but instead Jesus chose to partake of the syncretistic Samaritans.

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