Re: [Synoptic-L] Re: [GPG] THE BELIEFS OF JESUS
- To: Synoptic
In Response To: Dennis Goffin
On: Jesus and the Temple Cult
DENNIS: In regard to the relative importance or otherwise that Jesus
accorded to the Temple cult, I would quote Jesus' comment in Mk. 12:
34 as an excellent summing up.
[Mk 12:32-34]: "you are right, Teacher; you have truly said that He is
one, and there is no other but He,  and to love Him with all the
heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and
to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt
offerings and sacrifices." And when Jesus saw that he answered
wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." And
after that no one dared to ask him any question.
BRUCE: This is a question about the most important ("first")
commandment. It enjoins love of God (not piety toward God, and
specifically, not sacrificial piety toward God) and love of neighbor.
In other words, the answer sneaks in two commandments, albeit linked
in a previously existing text or prayer.
This seems to me to be essentially what I have called the Minor
Prophet position, and I am on record as crediting the Original
Historical Jesus with holding that position. It seems we have an
agreement here too.
As to the first of these clauses implying, and thus bringing back in,
the whole Temple/Sabbath complex of duties, I think that is only the
position of Judaizing Matthew ("These you ought to do, without
neglecting the others"). I don't think it is a valid position to
attribute to the Markan Jesus. At any of his developmental stages.
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst