The ‘enigma of Jesus’’ temple intervention : four essential keys

Show simple item record Domeris, William 2015-10-09T09:01:59Z 2015-10-09T09:01:59Z 2015-07-29
dc.description.abstract The emerging consensus, on the intervention of Jesus into the commercial operations of the Jerusalem Temple, speaks in terms of an enacted parable aimed at the temple hierarchy, against the backdrop of the ongoing economic and social oppression of the time. In this article, I consider four essential scholarly insights (keys): The possibility that Caiaphas introduced trade in sacrifices in the Jerusalem Temple; the link between the money changers and Greekstyle bankers; the Jewish witness to the extent of high-priestly corruption in the 1st century CE; and finally the presence of the image of Baal-Melkart on the Tyrian Shekel. In the light of the fourth key, in particular, we discover Jesus, like the prophets of old (Jeremiah and Elijah), standing against the greed of the High priests and their abuse of the poor and marginalised, by defending the honour of God, and pronouncing judgement on the temple hierarchy as ‘bandits’ (Jr 7:11) and, like their ancestors, encouragers of ‘Baal worship’ (Jr 7:9). en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Domeris, W., 2015, 'The ‘enigma of Jesus’’ temple intervention: Four essential keys', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(1), Art. #2954, 8 pages. 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2954. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2954
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Jerusalem Temple en_ZA
dc.subject Commercial operations en_ZA
dc.subject Intervention of Jesus en_ZA
dc.subject Trade in sacrifices en_ZA
dc.subject Greekstyle bankers en_ZA
dc.subject Money changers en_ZA
dc.subject High-priestly corruption en_ZA
dc.subject Baal-Melkart on theTyrian Shekel en_ZA
dc.title The ‘enigma of Jesus’’ temple intervention : four essential keys en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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