Jesus and the Moneychangers

Some people call it the “temple tantrum.” Others refer to it as the “cleansing of the temple.” Why did  Jesus drive out money changers and sellers of animals from the temple courts?

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The Decalogue

The Decalogue exhibits an unmatchable simplicity of expression, making it one of the most memorized passages in the Bible. It is also the most fought-over biblical passage in American civil culture.

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Sinai plays an important role in the Bible, less as a specific place and more as a symbol that evokes a set of related but varied ideas relating to law, covenant, and revelation.

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Andrea Mantegna, Judas, 1455.


Judas Iscariot, the “betrayer” of Jesus described both as possessed by Satan and as acting according to God’s purpose, found his loyalty divided between his rabbi and the temple establishment.

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Bible Odyssey: People, Places, and Passages

Explore the fascinating origins of the Bible and its eventful history. On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of the Bible. 

Anonymous women, although supporting characters on the biblical stage, nonetheless emerge as forceful personalities.

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