In the lower right quadrant of this image you can see the opening of a cave. This is one of the famed caves at Qumran. By the end of King Herod’s reign the Temple and the high priesthood were firmly under the control of the Sadducees. Many Jews were soon fed up with their system and went to the desert to live according to God’s law as they interpreted it….One of the communities in the desert wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls that were eventually found in 1947.
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For a listing of Bible passages that refer to the Sadducees see this page,