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Republican vs Democrat = Pharisees vs Sadducees

"The 71 members of the Sanhedrin met twice a week in the Temple at Jerusalem. They had begun to enact laws and regulated the people. It was presided over by the High Priest and had its own Temple police to maintain order and enforce its legislated statutes. Comparably today there is congress and a supreme court, police along with an alphabet soup of agencies. The Pharisees and Sadducees supplied opposing parties to the Sanhedrin."

(full article, 12 pages, http://www.hisholychurch.net/pdfiles/book2/ifactions.pdf )

There were 3 groups within Judea at this time, one group largely unknown to most today, and not mentioned in "The Bible". This other group, as large in numbers as the Pharisees and the Sadducees, did not participate in the government of the Sanhedrin. They had their own governrment, seperate from those whom ruled with authority over men. This other group were called the Essenes.

"assaya, which means doctor or healer.... are not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament, although their numbers were at least as great as the Sadducees and Pharisees."

"The Essenes were a humble service oriented group who would not seek to speak about themselves. The good men of the New Testament and the followers of Christ including Jesus and John the Baptist were associated more with the Essenes and their ways than any other group of that time. According to Philos, the label 'Essene' was not their own and was derived originally from a word meaning holy or separate."

(full article, http://www.hisholychurch.net/study/history/Essenes2.html )

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