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Pharisees - Key facts

  • strict laws and traditions
  • known as the 'separated ones'
  • political and religious rivals to the Sadducees
  • mostly layman
  • originated in 2nd century BCE
  • followed the Hebrew bible as well as oral law 'traditions of the elders'
  • around 6000 members
  • mainly opponents to Jesus
  • believed in life after death - resurrection, angels etc
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