Jesus and the Money‐Changers (Mark 11:15–17; John 2:13–17)

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

in Keys to Jerusalem

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199642021
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738555 | DOI:
Jesus and the Money‐Changers (Mark 11:15–17; John 2:13–17)

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This chapter considers two (double) questions that have dominated the discussion of Jesus' action in the temple against the money-changers (Mark 11:15–17; John 2:13–17). Did Jesus by this action intend to symbolize the cleansing or the destruction of the temple? However, it would be pointless to talk about Jesus' intention if nothing actually happened. Thus, we are necessarily led to the second question: was Jesus' action historical or the creation of a Gospel writer? Only if Jesus did something in the temple precincts can we raise the question of the meaning he attached to the act. Otherwise we are forced to remain on the redactional level of the evangelist.

Keywords: Jesus; temple; money-changers; gospels; Mark; John

Chapter.  9195 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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