Define some essential differences between the Sadducees and Pharisees. 

Expert Answers info

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

These were two very different groups.  They can be seen as sects of Judaism, but their differences go beyond religious belief.  There were important differences between them in terms of demographics, politics, and culture.

Basically, the Sadducees were the more cosmopolitan elites.  They were more willing to accept the Greek/Hellenistic culture that had come to...

(The entire section contains 178 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial