What solid books there are on the historical and intellectual development of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Zealots? Especially written from an orthodox perspective? The Intro to the Schottenstein Talmud has a great intro, but probably isn't deep enough. Here's what I've found:

  • Schiffman, From Text to Tradition, a History of Judaism in Second Temple and Rabbinic Times: A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism. Ktav: Only 10 pages on Pharisees and Sadducees, but looks interesting.
  • Wein, Echoes of Glory Compact Size: The story of the Jews in the classical era 350 BCE-750 CE. Looks very introductory
  • Rubenstein, Rabbinic Stories. Unconvincing.

your suggestions?


  • Books in English?
    – Harel13
    Sep 3, 2021 at 7:16
  • It's not a whole book but Berel Wein's Echoes of Glory has a good historical breakdown
    – Dov
    Sep 3, 2021 at 7:53
  • Hi @Harel13, yes in English preferably Sep 3, 2021 at 11:40
  • Hi @Dov, the book looks very interesting! thanks! Sep 3, 2021 at 11:42


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