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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 ...


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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