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Sadducees
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After the Essenes and the Pharisees, the Sadducees were the most important Jewish party in Palestine in the period before 70 ce. They comprised the descendants and supporters of the (high-)priestly dynasty that traced its lineage to the eponymous priest Zadok of the Davidic and Solomonic period (2 Sam 8:17, etc.).

The Greek word Σαδδουκαῖοι/Saddukaíoi, always plural, first appears in Mark 12:28 and the works of Flavius Josephus (Bell. II 119.164–166) – after the presumed dispersal of the party bearing that name. The Sadducees were already a recognizab…

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Schröder, Bernd, “Sadducees”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124685>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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