Chapter twenty provides a record of three very direct and deliberate confrontations of Jesus with the Jewish leaders in the temple grounds. Members of the Sanhedrin questioned His personal authority (vs. 1-8), Pharisees interrogated Him about His political position (vs. 20-26), and Sadducees challenged Him on His religious views (vs. 27=40). The form of their attacks in each case was inquisition. By questioning, they were shielded from having to answer to the people for their own positions and from any sympa-thetic backlash resulting from their part in direct confrontation. If they could catch Jesus in some self-contradiction, or religious error, they thought they would discredit Him with the people.
- The elders, chief priest adn scribes
Make up the Sanhedrin, the Jewish high court
The conservative sectarian party
Sectarian party that did not believe in resurrection and spiri
Protectors of the Law in Israel.
Around the temple
It is my responsibility to pay my taxes but I must also give to God my service and adoration.
There is resurrection and life to come.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Messiah who saves the world.