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Which collective noun derives from a Hebrew word means "righteous": Pharisee or Saducee?




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Answer: Sadducee

The Sadducees were a priestly, upper-class Jewish sect, founded in the second century BCE, that accepted only the written Torah (not the Oral); they ceased to exist after A.D. 70. The name derives from the Hebrew Zadok, the name of a high priest in the time of David, whose name in turn derives from Tsaddik , righteous.

The name Pharisee denotes a Jewish sect that strictly interpretted and observed both the written and oral Torah. The name derives from a Hebrew word meaning "separated." Thus the Pharisees were the separated ones.


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