Holman Bible Dictionary
An authoritative interpreter of the Mosaic law. Characterization of the lawyers is especially harsh in Luke's Gospel: they rejected God's purpose for themselves by refusing John's baptism (Luke 7:30
); they burdened others without offering any relief (Luke 11:45-46
); they not only refused God's offer of salvation but hindered others from accepting it (Luke 11:52
); they refused to answer Jesus' question concerning the legality of sabbath healing (Luke 14:3
). Lawyer is used in the general sense of a jurist at Titus 3:13
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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Lawyer'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/l/lawyer.html. 1991.