Hellenistic vs. observant hellenistic more open to rome"s influence/observant jews more concerned with maintaining purity. Roman vs. conquered the sadducees don"t like the romans b/c they enjoy their power and positions. Sadducees high priests/aristocratic class--open to hellenistic culture in jesus" time, they control the temple and had a high place in jewish courts. Temple cult was fundamental to survival of jewish faith. They saw themselves as having the most important role. Do not accept th special traditions of the pharisees and don"t believe in life after death. Pharisees developed many non-biblical traditions on how to observe the law . beleived in life after death. Disappeared 64-67 ad left with the pharisees basis for modern rabbinic judaism did not worship @ the temple. Sectarian group that fled to the dessert to follow judaism as they believed it should be followed. Continued to hope for the eventual removal of the sadducees. Pharisees try to create a judaism for a conquered people.