Out of the sixty seven times that the word scribe (grammateus) is used in scripture, on about twenty five of these occasions they are grouped together with either Pharisees or Chief Priests, both unwarranted positions, there being only one High Priest and the office of Pharisee being an invention.
The job of scribe, itself, has a certain warrant in scripture, see Ezra, but there is no warrant to multiply theses offices or to add to them or to construct hierarchies, without warrant.
Thus the scribes are noticeable for two things .
- Their job (scribing)
- The company they keep (Pharisees and Sadducees)
The job is a necessary function but they were not required to hang around, and converse with, and be part of, what the Pharisees and Sadducees (whose function is not a warranted one in scripture) were and were doing.
It has been said that one can evaluate a person by the books they read and by the company they keep. (I cannot remember to whom the quote is attributed).
Many people give themselves away by the company they keep. Whatever they say or profess, they show their true predilections in whom they choose as friends.
I think it is so with the scribes.