You diligently study the Scriptures because you think by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
As evangelicals we set great store by the Scripture. We believe that every word is 'God-breathed'. We admit to no changes to what was originally given. We believe them to be historically true, even when the whole of modern science is set against some of them.
The Pharisees too set great store by the Scripture. When the Scribes were copying them they assigned a number to each letter and added up each row and column as a guard against error creeping in. But of more importance than the book is what it says. When Jesus opened up the Scriptures on the road to Emmaus is was clear that even his disciples didn't understand what the Old Testament was saying about him.
The Pharisees were more fortunate than we; they didn't just have the Scripture; they had Jesus. You see you need the Holy Spirit's eyes to read the Word of God.