were one of the Jewish groups in power in the time of Jesus. They were
associated with the priestly class (Acts 5:27). They recognized the
authority of the written Law (Genesis through Deuteronomy), but not
the prophetic books or other writings in our present Old Testament.
Unlike the Pharisees, the Sadducees did not accept the authority of
the oral tradition or believe that the dead would be raised (Acts
23:8). The Sadducees were among the opponents of Jesus and the early
church (Mark 12:18; Acts 4:1-2).
The Sadducees were associated
the priests and the temple