To mark the 110th anniversary of the foundation of the Pontifical Biblical Institute (May 7, 1909) the international conference Jesus and the Pharisees: An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal took place in the Aula Magna of the Pontifical Gregorian University, May 7-9, 2019. The event was organized in collaboration with the Cardinal Bea Center for Jewish Studies at the Gregorian, and was supported by the American Jewish Committee, the Italian Episcopal Conference, Verbum Catholic Study Software and the Gregorian University Foundation. It featured speakers from all over the world, including Jewish, Protestant, Catholic and other scholars.
The primary aim of the symposium was to provide a clearer picture of the actual identity of the Pharisees in antiquity by reviewing the historical and literary sources. In a multidisciplinary approach, the factors responsible for the stereotypes that marked the common perception of the Pharisees and the effects of the opinions expressed about this group were reconsidered. Therefore, not only issues related to biblical studies were dealt with, but also homiletics, school textbooks and popular culture, including films and plays that portray Jesus and the Passion.