Jesus and the Temple Incident: A New Proposal

In: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
Simon J. JosephDept. of Religion, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, ca91360

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The Temple incident was a pivotal moment in the ministry of the historical Jesus, if not the causal factor that led to Jesus’ execution. Yet the incident continues to present interpretive problems, not least of which is determining precisely what Jesus objected to about the Temple and its administration. This study proposes a new working model for Jesus’ critical stance towards the Temple, identifying the Temple incident as a symbolic act of eschatological Temple restoration.

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