Jewish History: Post-Biblical History: The Sadducees:
When did the Sadducees split off from mainstream Judaism?
How did they get their name?
According to Rabbinic tradition, the Sadducees split off from the
Pharisees around 200 BCE. Their first leader may have been named
Zadok, or they may be named after the Zadok who was high priest
in the time of David and Solomon (2 Sam.8:17,15:24; 1 Kings 1:34).
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