A while back I posted on who were the Sadducees and Pharisees in Jesus' time. I determined from OT Scriptures and 'The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia' that Esau's descendents became Sadducees and Jacob's descendents became Pharisees. Just recently I came across a verse that confirms the above. Paul was from the tribe of Benjamin (Rom. 11:1; Phil. 3:5), a descendent of Jacob and a Pharisee. Acts 23:6 states the Sadducees (Esau) were his brothers: "Then Paul, knowing that some (a few) of them were Sadducees and the other (mostly) Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, 'My brothers , I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee, I....'" NIV This seems to be the only NT verse identifying Esau/Sadducees as the brother of Paul - this is like finding a needle in a haystack. Esau is the offspring of the serpent the devil (Gen. 3:14-15).