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They never wielded any political power, but they were admitted to the Sanhedrin on a par with the chief priests and elders and thus enjoyed official recognition.

With the increasing formalism, which their influence doubtless helped to develop, the character of the scribes and their activities underwent a marked change.

This description doubtless applies to the subsequent scribes of that period.

The ever-accumulating mass of legal traditions and legal decisions was designated by the name Halaka (the way).

Together with the written precepts it constituted the perfect rule of conduct which every Jew should follow.

But while the scribes devoted their chief attention to the Law, both written and oral, they also elaborated in fantastic and arbitrary fashion, teachings of an edifying character from the historical and didactic contents of the Old Testament.

These homiletic teachings were called Hagada, and embraced doctrinal and practical admonitions mingled with illustrative parables and legends. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online.

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