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Yes, the Sadducees did believe they were Jewish. However, the confounding factor in the quotes you provide is probably this: That in many gemaras, because of medieval censors, "Christian" or rather "Min" (Christian sectarian) was replaced with "Sadducee". See for example the London manuscript of Yoma 56b that you cited above. I have drawn a red arrow to ...


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According to Wikipedia, Jubilees was written in the later Second Temple era, well past the cut-off date for canonization in the Tanach. It was adopted by the Hasmonians (Chashmonaim), but despite the general Rabbinic dislike of the Hasmonians, it is not mentioned at all by "Pharisaic or Rabbinic sources," eg. the Mishna. Since the book was not canonized in ...


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The Ramabam in hilchos Teffilin 4:3 says that if one wears teffilin on his palm or head teffilin on his forehead then he is doing the practice of the Sadducees. The karaites never wore teffilin at all so that seems to be one difference. The Karaites claim no connection to them since the Sadducees lived in Judea and they lived in Egypt also the Sadducees ...


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The Sadducees and Karaites are distinct historical movements, though similarities in their approaches to Tanakh suggest they may be related in some sense. This Karaite website, answers this question with We know very little about the beliefs of the Sadducees. We do know however that like the Karaites they believed only in the authority of the Tanach ...


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The Gemara there uses, as a prooftext for this, the verse (I Sam. 2:9), רגלי חסיד(י)ו ישמר - Hashem guards the steps of His pious ones. But after all, when you put up a fence (or a human watchman, or whatever) to "guard" something, it doesn't absolutely prevent something untoward from happening; it just makes it less likely. All the more so here, since fear ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe quotes a Midrash (and Rashi) who say that Hashem never calls himself after a Tzaddik in his lifetime as he "is not sure" that the Tzaddik will not go off the Derech. By Yitzchak, however, Hashem did attach his name, as "he was blind which is considered like dead. Since he was hidden in his house, his Yetzer Hara left him". The ...


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As to their claim: Avot D'Rebbi Natan explains the origins of the Sadduccees and the Boethusians. Zadok and Boethus were students of Antigonus of Socho. He taught that "one should be like a servant who serves the master withoutexpecting a reward..." Somewhere along the chain of oral transmission1, Antigonus' teaching was misinterpreted to be saying that we ...


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From what we know of the Sadducees, they not only rejected the authority of the Oral Torah, but they also did not believe in the afterlife. To my knowledge, the Karaites do believe in the afterlife.



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