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Re: [XTalk] Re:Overturning the tables

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  • David Cavanagh
    ... So it is possible that (as N.T. Wright has argued) Jesus was critical of the temple because it had become the nerve-centre of Jewish nationalist
    Message 1 of 24 , Jun 3, 2008
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      Matson, Mark (Academic) wrote:
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      > Den of thieves here (sphlaion lhistwn) is a little curious if we are
      > talking about simply a situation where the temple is used as an
      > opportune place to fleece the poor pilgrims. My concern here is the
      > word translated "thief" (lhisths). This word has far more of a sense
      > of violence -- a brigand, a highwayman, an armed insurrectionist (note
      > the people crucified with Jesus are such -- no simple pickpocket is
      > crucifiied). The guerilla or insurrectionist concept -- a violent
      > criminal -- makes better sense if Jeffrey's construct is imagined.
      >









      So it is possible that (as N.T. Wright has argued) Jesus was critical of
      the temple because it had become the nerve-centre of Jewish nationalist
      insurrection (Josephus' favourite term for the insurrectionist bands is
      "brigands")?

      David Cavanagh
      Major (The Salvation Army)
      Naples (Italy)



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