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This paper will describe the characteristics of the three main Jewish sects that existed at the start of the Christian Era According to Grant there were actually many different Jewish movements during that time Although all of the various Jews professed complete devotion to the Torah there were nonetheless wide divergences of opinion among the different groups 216 In the first century CE the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus claimed that three of these groups were especially important These were the Pharisees the Sadducees and the Essenes The Sadducees arose at about the same time as the Maccabees The Maccabees were a Jewish family that came to power in Palestine in the second century BCE They continued to hold power there until the Roman conquest of 63 BCE Most scholars believe that the name of the Sadducees is based on the name of Zadok a high priest who lived during the time of David and Solomon Porton 892 According to Josephus the Sadducees were associated with the wealthy aristocratic class As such the name came to be applied to the aristocratic circles connected with the high priests by marriage and other social relations Porton 892 Stambaugh and Balch point out that the Sadducees were not all priests However although Sadducees and priests are not to be identified they were closely related and the priestly aristocracy were the political leaders in Judaism as early as the Persian period 98 One of the most notable characteristics of the Sadducees was their concern for strictly following the traditional Jewish law To the Sadducees the rituals of Judaism were more important than attempts to interpret the Torah which they accepted in its written form just as it was without seeing any need for additional commentaries Grant 216 The Pharisees took a different point of view on this issue Like the Sadducees the Pharisees came into existence during the early period of the Maccabee Dynasty The name of the
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