“And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:24 They who were sent were of the Pharisees - Who were peculiarly tenacious of old customs, and jealous of any innovation (except those brought in by their own scribes) unless the innovator had unquestionable proofs of Divine authority.
Joh 1:24 Were of the Pharisees. See PNT "Mt 3:7".