Learning more about the Scribes
The Scribes were a group of Jewish leaders who existed from the time of the Exile, when the people were deported to Babylon after defeat at the hands of the Babylonians (597 BCE). They existed until the destruction of the Temple and the Jewish state by Titus in 70 AD. They were initially clerks who copied manuscripts, although later this title indicated an official post of one who was learned in the Law of Moses. (See Ezra Chapter 8.1-8)
Along with the Chief priests, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees, the Scribes made up the aristocracy in the time of Jesus, and many were members of the Sanhedrin, the ruling council. However, many were antagonistic to Jesus, and like the Pharisees stuck rigidly to the letter of the Law. (See Mark, Chapter 2.5-7, and Luke Chapter 11.27-28).
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