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Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees in Palestinian Society


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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.

A significant and timely book that will rightly be regarded as influential in the field.


Saldarini has written an impressive, disciplined study.

Catholic Biblical Quarterly

The best single book on the Pharisees, scribes, and Sadducees.

E. P. Sanders

A major milestone in the scholarly study of the Pharisees, scribes, and Sadducees. In methodological sophistication, coverage of the sources, and organization of the debate, it builds upon and surpasses previous investigations. It is also written in a very lucid and uncomplicated style which makes it a pleasure to read. . . . It deserves to be widely read by students of early Judaism and of the world of the New Testament.

—Stephen C. Barton in King's Theological Review

Students will benefit much from Saldarini’s analysis.

—Martin Goodman in Journal of Jewish Studies

  • Title: Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees in Palestinian Society
  • Author: Anthony J. Saldarini
  • Series: Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 352

Anthony J. Saldarini (d.2001) was a professor in the department of theology at Boston College and also the author of Matthew's Christian-Jewish Community.


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  1. David Paul

    David Paul


    A well-written treatise--I was particularly impressed with Saldarini's assessment of Josephus as a consummate practitioner of Judaism-driven realpolitik, whose traditional core was immovable but whose pragmatic exterior was as amorphous and amoeba-like as he felt was necessary to keep safe the principles and social structures he considered sacred.

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