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Josephus tells us,  that "the richer sort were of the persuasion of the sadducees, but the multitude were on the pharisees side."
Now that the sadducees were for the written law against oral tradition, is, I confess, no credit to us; but that our Saviour reproved the traditionary doctrines and practices of the pharisees, because by them they made void the written law, is much more to the discredit of the assertors of oral tradition.
He castigated the clergy of the times (pharisees and sadducees) for being whited sepulchres.
Democracy is not about appeasing Caesar (Julius would cut off your hand - or worse - if you used it against him); or about empowering pharisees, sadducees, or other bullies and invaders of 'Jerusalem' (which presently has no chance of being builded Here).
The sadducees wanted Him to literally destroy their enemies and liberate them from rule.
For it is possible to be in a position of very high social respect and yet very far from Jesus, from God and from the kingdom – after all that is exactly the position held by the pharisees and sadducees in Jesus’ time.
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