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In 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?

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Could you add a date (betwee so and so) to the question as the situation was very fluid. –  gideon marx Oct 7 '13 at 17:03
Do you maybe mean the Hasmoneans? They had a stormy relationship with the Pharisees. –  gideon marx Oct 8 '13 at 7:04
Some have referred to the various people who opposed Jesus as lessons in how humans, nonbelievers or not, go wrong in approaching Him. So I'm interested in this timeframe. –  pterandon Oct 8 '13 at 16:56

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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.

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@pterandon please review my answer –  FMS Jul 14 at 23:41

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