Cleansing of Jerusalem Temple

The Gospel of Mark tells us that after the welcome he received, Jesus went into the Temple, saw everything that was there, and as it was already late he returned to Bethany (Mk 11, 11). On the following day, he went into the Temple again and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seat of those who sold pigeons (Mk 11, 15).

Jesus justified this action using a quotation from Isaiah that he combined with a passage from Jeremiah: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations [.]. But you have made it a den of robbers” (Mk 11, 17; cf. Isa 56, 7; Jer 7, 11). The obvious questions that could easily rise in our mind are: What was Jesus doing? What did Jesus want to convey by this?

We will explore what these actions and saying of Jesus meant in my articles on Cleansing of Jerusalem Temple.


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