Re: [XTalk] Principle of Coherence
>(2) in recent posts you often seem to be saying that you know what thatThis will require considerable thought & searching, so please be patient.
>coherence is (without showing us how you arrived at this knowledge.) If
>this later is true, then I would request that you share with us this
>coherent vision of the Gospel, that we may test it against the available
>I wonder if you would be willing to apply your principle of coherence to
>the Gospel of Thomas, and let us know what coherent themes you find there.
Meanwhile, I have a question that occurred to me last night, one of
I believe it was Herzog's book that related Jesus' action in the Temple to
the ritual for cleansing a house from leprosy. Specifically, if a house
were badly contaminated, it was to be torn down so 'not one stone would
remain on another.' And the "forbidding them to carry anything through the
Temple courtyard" he thought was based on the part about not bring
containers into such a house.
Now. THIS seems to be stretching it a little.
However, assuming that the detail DOES have meaning, IS this it?
I'm wondering if the Temple was open on the Sabbath, & whether Jesus might
have been applying Sabbath regulations re carrying things??????? Possible?
If he did this, and got away with it (for the day) he must have been able
to supply a plausibly legal rationale that would hold off the authorities
from immediately stopping his interference. (Unless he packed the place
with yokels from Galilee (?) & the authorities were hoping to resolve
things with minimal fuss, & probably even in that case. I doubt we're
talking significant military threat, except from the Roman garrison who
might intervene if things LOOKED too messy.)
Does anyone here know? If not, can someone recommend a Jewish list where
people might be qualified & willing to explain why he wouldn't "let them
carry anything through?"