He uses big, beautiful, intelligent words. Words that send me to the dictionary.
As a matter of fact, the whole theme of the Sermon on the Mount was a critique of the Pharisees' religion. He condemned their doctrine; their phony approach to practical holiness; their pedantic style of Scripture twisting; and their smug overconfidence. p. 129
I wasn't sure what pedantic meant. I knew that "ped" is the Latin word for foot; I also knew that "pedagogy" is to do with the teaching of children.
The word pedant, according to Webster's, is one who emphasizes trivial points of learning... A narrow-minded teacher who insists on exact adherence to rules.
The Pharisees certainly did that. Jesus accused them of straining at gnats and swallowing camels.
The question is, do you do the same? Do you insist on exact adherence to rules in a narrow-minded manner? (Moms can fall into this behaviour fairly easily, simply by being a parent who is teaching children. Rules are an inevitable method of dealing with a bunch of rowdy little ones. But rules are not all there is. There must be room for grace.)