I'm a theology student and in class this morning I was given two pieces of scripture to read and then asked to share the connection with the rest of the group. Group sharing is not one of my favourite things but I stayed, even though the task didn't make any sense to me.
It turns out I'm not completely inept at this whole studying thing because the difference between the two historical documents I'd been given was their emphasis on social customs. As the ONLY aspie in the room, I am the last person who is going to identify a social custom, much less be able to share some of the problems it might have caused a community TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO. I can't even get the practices of 2018 right.
I'm trying to focus on the comedic value of this moment rather than re-enacting Jesus and flipping a table.
Jesus flipped a table? I don't remember reading that (although it has been quite a while indeed since I read a bible)! What was his reason / situation in the story?
I've only flipped a table once, when I realised I'd lost a card game to someone cheating.
When Jesus went badass and started kicking the payday loan lenders out of the Temple of Solomon.
I laughed at both. Why is it in so many gospels? They could have got one guy to tell the story. Mind you Jesus flipping tables is pretty cool.
Yeah, I went and looked it up after posting that and had a VERY vague recollection of having read the story. I spent most of my childhood around the bible so I should probably remember more of it than I do. Moneylenders and Dove Sellers, the usual suspects : /
Moneylenders prey on the weak. Dove sellers are the scum of the earth. They should raise taxes on dove sales, forget cigarettes, sugar, and booze. Dove sellers should be taxed heavily or the sale of doves should be abolished!
I could be wrong here but:
The Social Customs may refer to the commandments in the Old Testament. Not just the 10 commandments but the 500 odd.
The Old Testament is based on the Torah from the Jewish Faith. To understand the Torah, you need the Talmud. A sort of Dummies guide. This understanding was traditionally handed down through word of mouth through Rabbi’s. Latterly it was written down and contained many scholarly articles on how to interpret the Torah and it’s Commandments.
I could be wrong, but hope that helps. I’m a very amateur Theologian.
The background behind the dove sellers is that people would go into the temple to be absolved of ther sins, and they would sacrifice an animal for this purpose. Of course, regular money was considered "impure" so the moneylenders (waiting right there in the temple) would exchange the "dirty" money for "clean" money (basically money laundering) so that people could buy an animal of the suitable type from the dove sellers (I guess the size of the sacrificed animal corresponded to the size of the sin to be absolved) and then sacrifice the animal at the altar in the temple.
Basically, the system allowed anyone to commit any sort of sin, as long as they had enough money to buy a sacrifice animal at the temple (much like today, when people can commit terrible crimes and get off because they can pay for a good lawyer to defend them).
All this stuff has been around for millenia, in a slightly different form. It all started with the moneylenders and dove sellers. I wonder how many tables Jesus would flip in present-day society.....
The gospels were written independently. It's not as if they were emailling each other to get all their stories in line with no overlap.
Thanks 221B, you are right and it was a custom from outside the 10 commandments. We were looking at 1 Corinthians and the discussion was about head coverings and worship.I can learn about social behaviours once somebody tells me, it's just identifying them that is the difficult part!
Thanks again for your help :)