22:31, 32 have you not read. Jesus quotes from the Pentateuch (Ex. 3:6), a portion of Scripture particularly valued by the Sadducees. That God “is” (not “was”) the God of the patriarchs proclaims the resurrection because “He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” The eternal God calls His saints to an eternal relationship with Himself. All this implies that the patriarchs continue to live in the presence of God and will be resurrected in the future.