Chapter 9

Jesus’ confrontations with the Jewish sect of 6,000 Pharisees is turning nasty as they seek to silence Him once and for all.  They strictly interpret the Law and oral traditions.  Sadducees hold that God is in total charge, and man is a puppet.  Essenes believe man can actually sway God’s behavior.  Pharisees cede to God overarching authority to do as He pleases, while giving man his free will.  Where do you come down on this?