The Pharisees were members of one of the most important and influential religious and political parties of Judaism in the time of Jesus. The Pharisees were strict adherents to the laws of the Old Testament and the unwritten, oral “tradition of the elders”. They were opponents of the Sadducees and although relatively few in number, held great influence in popular opinion and quite possibly, national policy. They were ultimately subsumed into the Rabbinic movement around 135 AD.