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Sadducees - Key facts

  • smaller elite group more influential than the Pharisees
  • associated with the temple and ruling council
  • followed the Hebrew bible but rejected newer traditions
  • originated from the Hebrew word 'tsaddiqim' meaning righteous ones
  • wealthy ruling elites
  • political and religious rivals to the Pharisees
  • rivals to the Herodians
  • did not believe in life after death
  • rejected the teachings of the Pharisees especially those of newer traditions
  • opponents of Jesus
  • many were priests - Zadok high priest
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