The 's Views On The First Century Ce Sects Of Judaism Essay

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Martin Goodman comments vehemently on the first century CE sects of Judaism and focussing on important similarities as well as differences, this paired with Philo’s Apologia pro Iudaeis and Josephus’s Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities calls for some interesting, thought-provoking discussion. I especially find interest in his comments on the contradictions between the Sadducees in contrast to the Pharisees, it is easy to presume that the Sadducee and the Pharisee as an individual could not be any more different and Goodman does hold this view, however what I find fascinating is his comments on Jews being able to follow more than one philosophy of Judaism; ‘an enthusiastic Jew could … belong to more than one group at one time’. This, to me, presumes that there has to be some similarities in at least some of the different philosophies of Judaism, especially due to the similarities in the basic lifestyle of the Pharisees and the Essenes as mentioned when analysing Josephus’ texts and Philo’s views on the Essene. Thus it could mean, as Goodman rightly argued, that a Jew could lead a life following the traditions of both a Pharisee and an Essene. However, it must be noted that there is bound to be some contrast within any two different sects, thus it would be wrong to presume that there would be absolutely no conflict, on the contrary it would also be wrong to postulate that there is no ability to co-exist following both sects. It would be right to note that Goodman comments on…

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