Christianity Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

During the New Testament era were the political and religious interests of the Pharisees closely aligned with the Herodians? Or did the nationalistic elements of Phariseeism make them allies?

share|improve this question

Part of the last paragraph in entry the Pharisees on New Advent has:

[T]he extreme faction of the Sadducees, known as the Herodians, was in sympathy with the foreign rulers and pagan culture, and even looked forward to a restoration of the national kingdom under one of the descendants of King Herod. Yet we find the Pharisees making common cause with the Herodians in their opposition to the Saviour (Mark 3:6; 12:13, etc.).

Herodians | Jewish Encyclopedia are also identified with the Sadducees.

share|improve this answer
I suggest adding that in general the Pharisees were at the opposite end of the political spectrum to the Sadduccees. The Pharisees wanted to separate from the Gentiles; the Sadduccees (and even more so the Herodians) wanted to cooperate with them. Hence, it was highly unusual for the Pharisees to be making common cause with their enemies, the Herodians. – AthanasiusOfAlex Sep 6 '15 at 12:43

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.