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The Sadducees were a heretical group of Jews who rejected the idea of spirit or angel or prophecy or the soul for that matter; and consequently they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. They were materialists that’s how we would describe them today. Only what can be seen, felt, touch, measured exists. So denying the resurrection of the dead, they came to the Lord hoping to put Him in an impossible situation that is being logically inconsistent. They came to Jesus, obviously Our Lord preached the resurrection then otherwise they would not have come to Him with the question. They came to Jesus, Master – they acknowledged that He is a teacher, though of course they did not accept His teachings, “We have it from Moses in writing” and therefore as far as they are concerned, that is the ultimate authority. “Not only from Moses spoken”, in other words they have rejected oral tradition but specifically it is in writing; this is the only thing that they will accepted. In fact they only accepted the first five books of the Bible, since they have rejected any inspiration outside of this. “We have it from Moses in writing. If a man’s brother dies leaving a wife, but no child the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother.” Indeed we find this in the book of Genesis. The reason was that every Jew hoped that the messiah would come from his line, so to die childless was effectively to cut off all possibility… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.