[gthomas] Temple negation and 71
- Thomas 71
I shall destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to build it
Although the contention is certainly debatable I would call this an
anti-temple saying. Would the GOT be anti-temple because of it's denigration
of standard Jewish piety that is found in so many places in Thomas,
6,14,27,52,53,89, or could it have to do with the Zadok priesthood no longer
being in place, the temple being run by Herodian/Roman appointees?
- At 08:29 AM 9/18/99 , Paul wrote:
>Thomas 71This certainly seems to be the simplest interpretation. By that view, it
>I shall destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to build it
>Although the contention is certainly debatable I would call this an
might be the unredacted form of the "Destroy this temple and in three days
I will rebuild it" saying. If a true saying, it would certainly explain why
many priests would want him killed. It would also tend to put to
pasture the politically correct view that Romans wanted him killed.
An alternative,inner, interpretation is also suggested. It is said that the
Buddha's first words after his enlightenment were these:
Seeking, but not finding the House Builder,
I travelled through the round of countless births:
O painful is birth ever and again.
House Builder, you have now been seen;
You shall not build the house again.
Your rafters have been broken down;
your ridgepole is demolished too.
Essentially, the Buddha is saying that finding no Creator, he realized that
he built the house. The self is a construct. The ridgepole is the ego. One
who is realized has destroyed the house.
I am not suggesting that Yeshu, or whoever first said 71 necessarily had
Buddhism as a source. What Buddha learned came from within. If he realized
something, it's available to anyone. For example, followers may have
wanted to worship Yeshu in his lifetime. He may have replied with 71, as a
way of saying that his self was simply a passing construct, which he
himself intended to go beyond.
Grist for the mill.