A Jewish politico-religious sect, opposed to the Pharisees. Though never numerous, they included men of high standing, and individual Sadducees exercised political influence; at the time of Christ they were important in Jerusalem. They rejected the traditional interpretations accepted by the Pharisees and accepted the written Law only. Thus they rejected belief in the resurrection of the body and the existence of angels and spirits. They appear to have taken a leading part against Christ and repeatedly attacked the Apostles.