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A Sadducee illustrated in the 15th-century Nuremberg Chronicle

Today, c. 3728 AM: The control of the Beis HaMikdash was seized from the Sadducees.

As it is written in Megillas Taanis: “On the 27th thereof [=MarChesvan] they began again to bring the offerings of fine flour upon the altar.“

It makes one wonder, how long was the Beis HaMikdash in the control of the Sadducees–Tzedokim. Let’s make our own calculation. 

We know the King Yanai [Alexander Jannaeus], was a Tzedoki. His reign started circa 170 years before the churban

We also know that 100 years before the churban the Beis HaMikdash was back in the Pharisees–Perushim’s hands. How so? The Bnei Beseira asked about how to deal with korban Pesach when erev Pesach is on Shabbos to which Hillel had responded correctly. At this point, Hillel was given the mantle of leadership, which was 100 years before the churban

So one can assume that the Tzedokim were in control of the Beis Hamikdash for at least around 70 years.

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