Jesus and the Pharisees: authority and authenticity

For 17 October 2007, , based on Luke 11:42-46

Jesus said, ‘Woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practised, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the market-places. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.’

One of the lawyers answered him, ‘Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.’ And he said, ‘Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Allan White was born in London and entered the Dominican Order after university in Oxford in 1973. He has served as university chaplain, seminary lecturer and taught in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge as well as editing New Blackfriars. He is presently Provincial of the English Dominican Province and President of the Organisation of European Dominican Provincials.