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In order to comprehend the political and cultural forces that influenced Jesus, you must understanding the position that was held by the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees.Anthony Saldarini's sociological examination uses historical and literary analysis to explore the threemost prominent groups of educated Jewish leaders and their relationship to social movements active between 200 B.C.E. and 100 C.E. in Palestinian society.
Widely praised in its original edition and now part of the Biblical Resource Series, this volume offers a superb discussion of the role of the Pharisees, scribes, and Sadducees in Palestinian Jewish society. Applying a sociological approach to the biblical and literary sources, Anthony Saldarini accurately portrays these three most prominent groups of educated leaders in Jewish society and describes their relationship to other Jewish social movements from 200 B.C.E. to 100 C.E. Featuring a new foreword by James C. VanderKam, Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees in Palestinian Society will remain a standard point of reference for the continuing study of Judaism and Christian backgrounds.