I n Jesus’ day, Sadducees and Pharisees considered themselves interpreters of Old Testament law. An old joke identifies a distinction between the two: “Since the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection, they were sad, you see!”
Belief in resurrection is expressed in the book of Job, Abraham’s contemporary (around 2100 B.C.). Job 19:25-27 affirms Job’s confidence in a personal resurrection: “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. After my skin has been destroyed, in my flesh I will see God with my own eyes — I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
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