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 (săj′ə-sē′, săd′yə-)
A member of a priestly, aristocratic Jewish sect founded in the second century bc that accepted only the written Mosaic law and that ceased to exist after the destruction of the Temple in ad 70.

[Middle English Saducee, from Old English Sadducēas, Sadducees, from Late Latin Sadducaeī, from Greek Saddoukaioi, from Mishnaic Hebrew ṣədûqî, after ṣādôq, Zadok, high priest in the time of David and Solomon, from ṣādôq, just, righteous, from ṣādaq, to be just; see ṣdq in Semitic roots.]

Sad′du·ce′an (-sē′ən) adj.
Sad′du·cee′ism n.
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Adj.1.Sadducean - of or relating to the Sadducees
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The political Sanhedrin tended to be Sadducean, while the religious Sanhedrin, after some vicissitudes, had developed into a predominantly Pharisean body under the preserve of the rabbis.
He also insisted that Jesus was the victim of his Roman executors and his cowardly Sadducean judges.
Schiffman sees the authorship of this document as probably Sadducean and originating in the earliest days of the sect (Schiffman 1989:252), but it is recognisable that the document is composite.
The Tosefta first gives the Sadducean interpretation and then the Pharisaic proof accompanied by a rebuttal of the Sadducean argument.
s exacting analysis demonstrates the insights that can come from a careful reading of Talmudic texts and substantiates his claim that the Pharisaic innovations gradually prevailed over the outdated Sadducean interpretations and practices.
Most of the Kohanim belonged to the Sadduccean party and conducted their rituals according to Sadducean custom, despite the objections of the sages (who applied to some of them the verse of Proverb 10:7, "The name of the wicket will rot" (Mishnah Yoma, 3:11).
The Romans chose to administer Judaea indirectly, through the Sadducean aristocracy.
38) This element of Sadducean conservatism appears to indicate resistance against the developed angelology and demonology of the post-exilic period, which would naturally have extended to reluctance over associated emphases in religious practice, including exorcism.
Gibson is in line with Josephus in his portrayal of Jesus' Sadducean tormentors.
Sadducean belief was too far removed from the Pharisees to be comprehensible to budding Christians who shared with the Pharisees a belief in the afterlife (hence the resurrection as a Pharisee-sanctified possibility, which Paul specifically argues for in Acts, to say nothing of his self-identification as a Pharisee).
This is partly explained by viewing his reconfiguration of the context of early Christianity (Second Temple Judaism was, for Geiger, a conflict between the Pharisaic and Sadducean parties) as one way of obtaining a precedent for his own contemporary liberal reforms (16).
The Karaites gradually distanced themselves from this Qumran heritage, which they regarded as Sadducean, because of Rabbanite criticism of the Sadducees.