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Matthew 22:23

ESV The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question,
NIV That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
NASB On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him,
CSB That same day some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up to him and questioned him:
NLT That same day Jesus was approached by some Sadducees — religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question:
KJV The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

What does Matthew 22:23 mean?

A mixed group from the Pharisees and the Herodians had tried to trip Jesus up with a dangerous question about paying taxes. Now Jesus is approached by a religious group known as the Sadducees. This group based nearly all their theology on the Pentateuch: the first five books of the Old Testament, also known as the Law of Moses. Since those books do not explicitly discuss an afterlife, the Sadducees had become committed to the teaching that there was no resurrection and no afterlife. Life simply ended with death and was no more. They also did not believe in spirits or angels (Acts 23:8).

In effect, Sadducees were more of a political party than a denomination. Compared to the highly spiritual Pharisees, the Sadducees were notably more aristocratic and secular in their approach. This made them popular with the Roman occupiers, but much less beloved with the common people. Though there was a diversity of religious beliefs on some issues in Judaism at this time, the views of the Sadducees were not especially common and the group's influence seems to have died entirely when Rome destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70.
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