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Acts 23:8

    Acts 23:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the Sadducees say that there is no coming back from the dead, and no angels or spirits: but the Pharisees have belief in all these.

    Webster's Revision

    For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.

    World English Bible

    For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess all of these.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    Definitions for Acts 23:8

    Angel - Messenger.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 23:8

    The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection - It is strange, since these denied a future state, that they observed the ordinances of the law; for they also believed the five books of Moses to be a revelation from God: yet they had nothing in view but temporal good; and they understood the promises in the law as referring to these things alone. In order, therefore, to procure them, they watched, fasted, prayed, etc., and all this they did that they might obtain happiness in the present life. See the account of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Matthew 3:7; Matthew 16:1.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 23:8

    For the Sadducees say - They believe.

    No resurrection - Of the dead. By this doctrine they also understood that there was no future state, and that the soul did not exist after death. See the notes on Matthew 22:23.

    Neither angel - That there are no angels. They deny the existence of good or bad angels. See the notes on Matthew 3:7.

    Nor spirit - Nor soul. That there is nothing but matter. They were materialists, and supposed that all the operations which we ascribe to mind could be traced to some modification of matter. The Sadducees, says Josephus (Jewish Wars, book ii. chapter 8, section 14), "take away the belief of the immortal duration of the soul, and the punishments and rewards in Hades." "The doctrine of the Sadducees is this," says he (Antiq., book 18, chapter 1, section 4), "that souls die with the bodies." The opinion that the soul is material, and that there is nothing but matter in the universe, has been held by many philosophers, ancient and modern, as well as by the Sadducees.

    Confess both - Acknowledge, or receive both as true; that is, that there is a future state, and that there are spirits distinct from matter, as angels, and the disembodied souls of people. The two points in dispute were:

    (1) Whether the dead would be raised and exist in a future state; and,

    (2) Whether mind was distinct from matter. The Sadducees denied both, and the Pharisees believed both. Their belief of the Latter point was, that spirits existed in two forms - that of angels, and that of souls of people distinct from the body.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 23:8

    23:8 The Pharisees confess both - Both the resurrection, and the existence of angels and separate spirits.