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The cleansing of the temple

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After narrating the cleansing of the temple, John introduces the quotation in 2: 17: "His disciples remembered that it was written". Cf. 12:16 where, after the quotation from Zechariah 9:9, Jn comments: "These things his disciples did not understand at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and that they had done these things to him". In 2:22, after Jesus' statement about destroying "this temple" and raising it up again, and after the comment, "But he spoke of the temple of his body". It is better to take the quotation in vs. 17 as belonging with cleansing of the temple which precedes it rather than with the discourse of Jews with Jesus which follows it. Jn's motive for including the quotation seems to be that of showing the fulfillment of an O.T. prophecy in an action or deed of Jesus.

Keywords: cleansing of Temple; disciples; Jesus; Jews; John; Old Testament; prophecy; Zechariah

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