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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199642021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642021.001.0001

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

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

(p.59) 4 Jesus and the Money‐Changers (Mark 11:15–17; John 2:13–17)
Keys to Jerusalem

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

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

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