Apr24

Did Jesus belong to any of the three groups?

There is no reason to think that Jesus was a Sadduccee. He was not a priest. His belief in angels and the resurrection of the body, as well as the eschatological expectation attributed to him in the Gospels, is much closer to the theology of the Essenes and the Pharisees. But the New Testament never mentions the Essenes, and there is no recollection that Jesus belonged to such a specific community. 310

On Jesus’ relationship with the Gentiles and their ways of thinking, there has been much speculation, but there is too little information to go on

It is much more likely that Jesus did not belong to any of the sects existing within Judaism at the time. Continue reading