The Cleansing of the Temple in the Synoptic Gospels
Discuss the account of The Cleansing of the Temple in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Compare the details.
Mark is often called the shortest Gospel. Is it the shortest report here? In the story, who are the objects of Jesus’ protest? Are they described differently in the Gospels? What about Jesus’ actions? Does he act the same way in all three accounts? What are the differences? If you were a newspaper reporter and wanted to report on what happened and Luke was the only witness for your newspaper story, what would you tell your readers happened? Finally, Jesus quotes two passages from Old Testament Scripture. What are they? Why does Jesus quote them? What is their relevance to what is happening?