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According to the tradition in Mark, Jesus drove out from the Temple Mount's market those who were selling and buying, overturned the tables of the money-changers for the half-shekel tribute and the chairs of those who were selling doves for sacrifices, and would not allow anyone to carry vessels through the Temple. His protest was directed against the money that was involved in the public buying and selling of sacrifices. This chapter proposes that in the scene of the "cleansing" of the Temple, the concept of corrupt wealth was interwoven with the other idea of the defiling force of sin. In this case it is possible to use the Scrolls to interpret the New Testament. The idea that wealth is not only corrupting, but can also be defiled by wicked deeds, is supported by several texts from Qumran.

Keywords: defiling force of sin; Jesus; New Testament; Qumran; Temple Mount



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