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:) Lou Pilder

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 16, 2015, at 14:09:05

In reply to Lou's reply- ed_uk2010, posted by Lou Pilder on February 16, 2015, at 9:42:40

Hello,

Thanks for your reply.

>see if you can find any statement to the claims by the poster that substantiate, let's say, that [... Jesus was disgusted at their love for money when so many went without...]

I'll try to examine it. Translations differ but I've read several online, with interest.

In the New American Standard Bible, Matthew 21:12-13 it says...

'And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, "It is written, 'my house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you are making it a robber's den."

It seems to me that Jesus was very unhappy, perhaps disgusted, that the temple was being used as a place of trade. There is an implication that the tradesmen were profiteering at others expense: they are variably referred to as robbers, or thieves - depending on the translation. A robbing tradesman presumably has a love for money, no?

I can see why you might find this passage anti-Semitic, since the tradesmen are thought to be Jews. I do, however, think you're looking at the original poster's statements from the wrong angle. I don't have any sense that he was being anti-Semitic at all. Instead, I feel he was drawing attention to Jesus' work in favour of the poor. This is what I meant by positive.

 

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