1. The Sadducees: During the time of Christ and the New Testament era, the Sadducees were aristocrats. They tended to be wealthy and held powerful positions, including that of chief priests and high priest, and they held the majority of the 70 seats of the ruling council called the Sanhedrin. They worked hard to keep the peace by agreeing with the decisions of Rome (Israel at this time was under Roman control), and they seemed to be more concerned with politics than religion. The Pharisees were mostly middle-class businessmen, and therefore were in contact with the common man. The Pharisees were held in much higher esteem by the common man than the Sadducees. Though they were a minority in the Sanhedrin and held a minority number of positions as priests, they seemed to control the decision making of the Sanhedrin far more than the Sadducees did, again because they had the support of the people. The Essenes were a Jewish mystical sect somewhat resembling the Pharisees. They lived lives of ritual purity and separation. They originated about 100 B.C., and disappeared from history after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Zealots were a group of political adversaries to Roman rule in Judaea, who were determined to protect their religion from paganistic subversion as well as their rights to freedom and independence. Zealots as revolutionaries against the Romans.
2. The group I can most relate to are the Essenes simply fled from the conflict and took refuge in their desert commune because I’m one of thoughts people that likes to live on a free open space free of any type of conflict or problems with The Sadducees and the Zealots.
3.the group I wouldn’t relate to would be the zealots that’s the group that are considered the low class the first rebels and the first actual terrorist in the world and because of my personality I’m no where close to that type of living.