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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Matthew 21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48; and John 2:13–16

THEME

Challenging corruption in the old religion

SETTING

c.27–29 CE The Temple courtyard in Jerusalem, before Jesus is crucified.

KEY FIGURES

Jesus The Messiah and Son of God, who is filled with anger at the corruption He finds in His Father’s Temple.

Temple merchants Priests who sold offerings to Jewish pilgrims visiting the Temple, capitalizing on the fact that they could not enter the Temple’s innermost altars.

Jesus chasing money changers and merchant priests from the Temple in Jerusalem is described in all four Gospels. Often referred to as the cleansing ...

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