"To care all about the appearance of a matter or a law, without paying attention to its meaning/spirit and essence"
Actually, I look for a suitable word for to express such meaning, and place it in this text:
The Pharisee Jews were so/very/too ................ . That is to say, they were paying attention to the appearance of religious orders, but they didn't care about the spirit of those orders at all. Jesus told them: "You argue about the uncleanness of a dish with one another, but you do not argue about what is earned through usury or a forbidden and unclean way, that you eat in the same dish?! You're okay with usury, but you judge on trivial matters, such as the egg that a chicken laid on Saturday (Jewish holiday)?!"
The words I have found so far are:
- Superficial observer
Also im not sure about to choose among these:
1. Appearance of religious orders
2. Outward of religious orders
Please leave me any kind of improvements and changes you think works within the whole text.