Part one Palestinian Society: the problem of Jewish groups in Palestine; a sociological approach; social classes in Palestinian Jewish society and the Roman Empire; social relations and groups in Palestine. Part two The literary sources: the pharisees and saducees as political interest groups in Josephus; Josephus' description of the pharisees and saducees; Paul the pharisee; the pharisees, scribes and saducees in Mark and Matthew; the pharisees, scribes and saducees in Luke Acts and John; the pharisees and saducees in Rabinnic literature. Part three interpretation and synthesis: the social roles of scribes in Jewish society; the place of the pharisees in Jewish society; the saducees and Jewish leadership.
(d.2001) Formerly, he was a professor in the department of theology at Boston College and also the author of Matthew's Christian-Jewish Community.
"A significant and timely book that will rightly be regarded as influential in the field." Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"Saldarini has written an impressive, disciplined study." E. P. Sanders
"The best single book on the Pharisees, scribes, and Sadducees." Stephen C. Barton in King's Theological Review
"A major milestone in the scholarly study of the Pharisees, scribes, and Sadducees. In methodological sophistication, coverage of the sources, and organization of the debate, it builds upon and surpasses previous investigations. It is also written in a very lucid and uncomplicated style which makes it a pleasure to read. . . It deserves to be widely read by students of early Judaism and of the world of the New Testament." Martin Goodman in Journal of Jewish Studies
"Students will benefit much from Saldarini's analysis."