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The Temple In Mark. A Case Study About The Early Christian Attitude Toward The Temple

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This chapter reexamines the attitude toward the Temple and the role of the Temple in Mark's discourse. Mark's approach to the Temple and the priestly cult is analyzed according to four different categories: (1) involvement: when Jesus and his disciples attend the Temple or the Temple Mount, as when taking part in the pilgrimage; (2) analogy: using Temple or sacrificial imagery to portray concepts not related to the Temple service especially in the Last Supper; (3) criticism of the Temple cult for being flawed morally or otherwise; and (4) rejecting the Temple cult altogether as unnecessary or irredeemable, even wishing its destruction. The chapter provides three major traditions which may characterize the historical Jesus and seem to support the view that Jesus opposed the Temple, and then proceeds to other passages in Mark.

Keywords: early Christian attitude; Jerusalem temple; Jesus; Judaism; Mark



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