Take the 2-minute tour ×
Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professors, theologians, and those interested in exegetical analysis of biblical texts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Acts 23:6:

"Then when Paul noticed that part of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, he shouted out in the council"

Does this text imply that Sadducces were somewhat different in their outward apparel from the Pharisees?

share|improve this question
    
I had assumed that Paul recognized individuals from his pre-Damascus-road life. But that predated this incident by a couple of decades, so it's hard to know. –  Jon Ericson Jun 20 '13 at 21:41
    
I never thought about this, but it's a great question. –  Frank Luke Jun 21 '13 at 2:16
    
Weren't the Sadducces a more elite group of people and the Pharisees more common people? Would this have also indicated that there was a visual difference? –  TronicZomB Jun 25 '13 at 13:05
add comment

1 Answer

Short Answer: As far as the interpretation of the text goes, the text simply implies that Paul noticed some of them were Sadduccees and some were Pharisees. The text does not imply anything about their appearance.


Perhaps...

  • They dressed differently

  • They were standing in a different place

  • He knew them personally

  • He heard them debating a doctrine they disagree on (something like the resurrection from the dead)

  • God supernaturally revealed it to him

You could ping the Mi Yodeya, Christianity, and/or History communities about whether they did dress differently, but I'm not sure that would reveal anything more about the interpretation of this text. Interesting question, though.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.