Pharisees and Sadducees

Who were the Pharisees and Sadducees?

It's important to know who these people were to interpret and understand the New Testament more clearly.

It also helps us understand how Christianity evolved, and how Christianity started to include the Gentiles.

Some distinctions that we will cover here that are common misunderstandings include the belief that Jesus and his Apostles were starting a new religion (while in reality, Jesus was teaching the transition from the Old Law of Moses to worshipping Christ), all the Pharisees unanimously crucified Jesus (while in reality, some Pharisees believed in Jesus and the Pharisees actually consisted of distinct schools), and finally that Christianity replaced Israel because the Jews rejected Jesus (when in reality, Christianity is intended to be for both Jews and Gentiles, respecting the transition to bring Christ into all Christians lives - both Jew and Gentile), and finally that Pontius Pilate was a ruthless and cruel dictator.