- To some extent, in the modern sense of the word, I find it
odd that the Sadducees could be designated "religious."
A group that did not believe in the resurrection, life after death,
seems more "secular" to me than "religious." I note that they are
frequently mentioned as part of the political structures of Judaism,
and not frequently, if at all, as "religious."
I have even heard a modern Jew say that one could be atheistic
and still be a "good" Jew.
I sense that they were assumed to have a religious dimension to them
because they "accepted" the written Torah, but that, in itself, seems
more of a ethnic marker. After all, with very little effort, Jesus
was able to silence them, even to the extent that the Pharisees
needed to come to their rescue (Matt. 22:34).
My interest is not so much in seeking to justify one position or the
other, but simply to ask if others have come across works that
examine a similar idea to the one I've expressed above, namely, an
exclusively "secular" Sadducee party.
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