Secure Under Roman Rule, Sadducees were Influential in Judaism

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The Sadducees were a very influential group in Judaism, many being priests (Wenham and Walton 40). There was no worry to the Sadducees of losing their position because it was “secure under Roman rule” (Wenham and Walton 41). Their beliefs were different from the Pharisees in that they did not practice oral traditions, that is verbally telling the stories of the Scriptures. Even though they accepted the Old Testament scriptures, they only practiced the beliefs that were in the Pentateuch, which is the first five books from the Old Testament (Murphy 239; Wenham and Walton 42). Another underlying belief the Sadducees had was their disbelief in resurrection as well as they did not believe in fate (Evans 100; Wenham and Walton 42). Furthermore, …show more content…
The Sadducees were a very influential group in Judaism, many being priests (Wenham and Walton 40). There was no worry to the Sadducees of losing their position because it was “secure under Roman rule” (Wenham and Walton 41). Their beliefs were different from the Pharisees in that they did not practice oral traditions, that is verbally telling the stories of the Scriptures. Even though they accepted the Old Testament scriptures, they only practiced the beliefs that were in the Pentateuch, which is the first five books from the Old Testament (Murphy 239; Wenham and Walton 42). Another underlying belief the Sadducees had was their disbelief in resurrection as well as they did not believe in fate (Evans 100; Wenham and Walton 42). Furthermore, according to Josephus, the Sadducees “were far more open to the pleasures of life, were harsh in their judgments against those who broke the law…[and] did not believe in heaven or hell” (Evans 105). Thus, the Sadducees were seen as people who did not treat anyone fairly, nor treat each other justly.
The Essenes were another large group within Judaism. They did not agree with the authorities in Jerusalem regarding the priesthood and the temple (Wenham and Walton 42). They did not participate in Judaism the same way as the rest of the Jews in Jerusalem. They saw it as a corrupt system. The Judaic system the Essenes created focused on strict purity laws as well as studying the Scriptures. For example, an Essenes had to prepare themselves for
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