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Unit 2: Pharisees and Sadducees


Pharisees and Sadducees

Film Focus Point: This program contrasts the beliefs and practices of the Pharisees and Sadducees and notes some of the reasons why the New Testament often portrays Jesus in conflict with each sect.

Text Focus Point: Page 64

Discussion Questions

  1. What were the keys to holiness for the Pharisees? The Sadducees?

  2. What aspects of the teachings of the Pharisees did Jesus disagree with?

  3. What aspects of the teachings of the Sadducees did Jesus disagree with?

  4. How might the division between the Pharisees and Sadducees reflect the divisions within Christianity?

  5. What might Jesus find objectionable about some Christian practices today?

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