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Bibil Identifier bibil:222743
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Violence, Nonviolence and the Temple Incident in John 2:13-15
Author Alexis-Baker, Andy
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 20, Issue: 1-2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 73-96 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The temple incident has been a popular episode in Jesus' ministry from which Christians since Augustine have drawn to justify Christian violence ranging from punishing schismatics and heretics to justifying war and the death penalty. However, another tradition of reading this passage nonviolently began well before Augustine. Whether contextualizing the passage in a narrative reading so that it would have spiritual meaning or seeing the Greek grammar as disallowing that Jesus hit people with the whip, these nonviolent strategies effectively undercut any notion that Jesus' action could provide a model for Christian violence. A close reading of the Greek text, I believe, supports these nonviolent strategies for reading the text, which simply denies based on Greek grammar that Jesus used his whip on any person.
DOI 10.1163/156851511X595549
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Temple
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Violence - Non-violence
Pericopes John 2,13-2,15
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