5:17 Now on 1 one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 2 and teachers of the law 3 sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 4 and the power of the Lord was with him 5 to heal.
1 tn Grk “And it happened that on.” The introductory phrase ἐγένετο (egeneto, “it happened that”), common in Luke (69 times) and Acts (54 times), is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
2 sn Pharisees were members of one of the most important and influential religious and political parties of Judaism in the time of Jesus. There were more Pharisees than Sadducees (according to Josephus, Ant. 17.2.4 [17.42] there were more than 6,000 Pharisees at about this time). Pharisees differed with Sadducees on certain doctrines and patterns of behavior. The Pharisees were strict and zealous adherents to the laws of the OT and to numerous additional traditions such as angels and bodily resurrection.
4 sn Jesus was now attracting attention outside of Galilee as far away as Jerusalem, the main city of Israel.
5 tc Most