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.