Secularists to Sadducees

By Daniel J. Elazar

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 1986

The author argues that the Pharasaic dominance of Judaism is being countered by a growing neo-Sadducean approach, which centers itself not on the Jewish legal tradition but on the political principles of power in the religious tradition and the apparatuses of statehood or people-hood. In his view, the orthodox movement constitutes the modern continuation of the Pharasaic tradition, and the non-halachic movements, as well as masses of secular or Zionist-identified Jews, are a revival of the Sadducees. This revival correlates strongly to a renewal of Jewish political power, an aspect of Judaism not only lost but sometimes deliberately obscured in the Pharasaic tradition.

Topic: History, Religion and State, Religious Denominations

Name of Publication: Daniel Elazar On-line Library

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Diaspora , Israel

Language: English

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Elazar, Daniel J. Secularists to Sadducees. Daniel Elazar On-line Library. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1986:


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