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Pharisees and Scribes

The Pharisees and scribes criticized Jesus and his disciples for not observing the Mosaic Law. They criticized his disciples for not washing their hands before eating. (The Religious Leaders Engaged in Ceremonial cleansing like washing up to the elbow and baptizing the cups and plates before eating food in them) (Mark 7:1- 23,Matthew 15:1-20). Jesus is also criticized for eating with the publicans. (Mark 2:15) The Pharisees also criticized Jesus' disciples for gathering grain on the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-3:6).

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    The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
    Bible: New Testament Jesus, in Matthew, 16:1-3.