There are many ways to interpret the New Testament.Millions of people view it as absolutely true scripture, and use its teachings as the basis of their belief systems.
The Pharisees, in contrast to the Sadducees, interpreted Jewish law for laypeople and established Jewish life outside of the temple.
They were more liberal in their acceptance of scripture, regarding oral tradition and the words of prophets as scriptural as well.
Judaism at the time of Christ involved a rigid social hierarchy.
The temple and the high priests who worked there were considered to be pure, holy, and closer to God than anyone else.
Unlike the Old Testament, which covers hundreds of years of history, the New Testament only covers several decades, and is a collection of the religious teachings and beliefs of Christianity.