Because he was. Thanks much. Tim. Paul had devoted his life, separated himself, to the rigorous observance of the Old Testament Law taught and practised by the Pharisees. The Bible reveals very little about Paul's family. Pharisee, member of a Jewish religious party that flourished in Palestine during the latter part of the Second Temple period (515 bce–70 ce). What is amazing is that all these words were spoken after his encounter with the risen Christ, not before! Paul declares: “I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee.” (Acts 23:6). The Messiah taught the opposite, … I have heard people say that Paul was a member of the Sanhedrin, the supreme judicial and ecclesiastical council of ancient Jerusalem. This warning certainly applies to Paul.

But such hypocrisy cannot be hidden forever.” (Luke 12:1). The resurrection was a political, religious, and cosmic hope. Reply. He stood by the little pile of garments, stiffly erect, his lip curling in disdain as he listened to the shouting of the mob. Paul taught for doctrines the commandments of men, ... Who exactly were the jewish Pharisees? Saul/Paul was a Pharisee. Christ and the Christian movement is from and within the broader group of the Pharisees, it was also closest to the House of Hillel, a school of the Pharisees. What is amazing is that all these words were spoken after his encounter with the risen Christ, not before! Defending himself before King Agrippa Paul insisted that he always “lived as a Pharisee” (Acts 26:5). Tim September 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm # Thanks Donald. It was synonymous with the climactic day of judgment and salvation to which Jews looked forward with great urgency. Pharisee of the Pharisees. Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. The Messiah STRONGLY warned his followers against the doctrines of the Pharisees. [2] Acts quotes Paul referring to his family by saying he was "a Pharisee, born of Pharisees". Denny said this requirement also applied to rabbis. Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. Paul’s father had also been a Pharisee (Acts 23:6). When the Mishna A story of Paul. 6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
Standing before another council, Paul identified himself as “a Pharisee, son of Pharisees” in present tense (Acts 23:6). I have heard the argument made that Paul’s wife left him after his conversion – by the implication of “I have suffered the loss of all things” – Philippians 3:8 and as you point out, in those days a Pharisee who was not married doesn’t fit with what we know about Jewish society of those days and the Pharisees. Paul referred to himself as being "of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee". 7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. As a Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus was a "child of hell" according to the words of the Messiah !! Standing before another council, Paul identified himself as “a Pharisee, son of Pharisees” in present tense (Acts 23:6). Second, we must understand Paul’s aims as a Pharisee.

Why? For someone who called himself a Pharisee of Pharisees, Paul would have crossed all the T’s and dotted the i’s. The Pharisee "There was probably no town or village inhabited by Jews which had not its Pharisees, although they would, of course, gather in preference about Jerusalem with its Temple, and what, perhaps would have been even dearer to the heart of a genuine Pharisee--its four hundred and eighty synagogues, its Sanhedrims (great and small), and its schools of study. False teacher Paul taught we are to please men. As an aside, I’ll note that you’re drawing conclusions not strictly based on the limited information in Paul’s letters: (1) he was motivated as a Pharisee to undertake this persecution (what evidence do we have outside of the NT that Pharisees reacted violently against non-Pharisees who were behaving in ways Pharisees did not like? –Acts 23:6. The Pharisees didn’t hold belief in the resurrection as one of their doctrinal points like our churches regard their doctrinal statements. Tom: This is our Understanding the Scriptures segment; we are in the Book of Acts:23:6: “But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.” He had chosen this duty, the guarding of the witnesses' clothing, in order to keep away from the scene of the actual execution. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” Matthew 23:15 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful.