Secret Alias wrote:[
. But the fact that the gospel writer can make a blanket reference to 'Pharisees' time and again means there must have been some identifying characteristic which was general enough to identify the group. My assumption is that the Pharisees were the most active in establishing converts from among the People of the Land
As far as I know the Pharisees were divided internally by those who did not want to establish converts. Pro Hellenist VS Pharisaic zealots holding more traditional value.
I also have a hard time thinking the Hellenistic gospel/text authors carried the same context from one to another author. I also think they were also not well acquainted with Pharisees in general nor was any internal disagreement worth publishing by Hellenist who were painting Judaism in a bad light.
A movement growing in the Diaspora in gentile communities, should have less Pharisaic knowledge then say Hellenistic Jews in Israel.