Sadducees
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The term “Sadducees” (Gk. saddoukaioi, Heb. ṣaddûqîm, Aram. ṣadduqayya, thought to derive from David’s high priest, Zadok [ṣādôq], see 2 Sam. 15:24–29) is used for members of a party of priests and nobles in Jerusalem. We have references to them, at times under the name “Boethusians,” only occasionally in Josephus and early Christian and rabbinic writings, mostly hostile. Only within limits, then, can we reconstruct their history and character.

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Schaller, Berndt, “Sadducees”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.11>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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