John 1:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:24, NIV: "Now the Pharisees who had been sent"

John 1:24, ESV: "(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)"

John 1:24, KJV: "And they which were sent were of the Pharisees."

John 1:24, NASB: "And the messengers had been sent from the Pharisees."

John 1:24, NLT: "Then the Pharisees who had been sent"

John 1:24, CSB: "Now they had been sent from the Pharisees."

What does John 1:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

These interrogators were sent from the Pharisees, an extremely legalistic sect of Judaism. They were one of several distinct sects in Judea, such as the Sadducees, Zealots, and Essenes. The most influential were the Sadducees and the Pharisees. Sadducees were more political, blue-blooded, and non-spiritual. Sadducees rejected the idea of resurrection and took a highly figurative approach to the law of Moses. Pharisees, however, prided themselves on knowing the Mosaic law, knowing it well, and following it with fanatical detail. Their oral traditions had created hundreds of additional rules, beyond those of Moses, to ensure that they would not break one of the laws. They were scholarly, extremely moral, but also legalistic. The Pharisees were also very authority-centered, which is why they did not understand John the Baptist's use of baptism. After the destruction of the temple in AD 70, Pharisee theology survived as Rabbinic/Talmudic Judaism, and is today considered Orthodox Judaism. The Sanhedrin court which tried Jesus prior to His crucifixion was composed of 70 Pharisees and Sadducees.