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Jesus clears the temple (Matthew, Mark, Luke)
Jesus cleared merchants and money changers out of the temple.
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Money Changer
Money Changer. Ancient profession which undertook many of the services performed by the modern banker, particularly in the area of exchanging the currency of one country or province into that of another, or of exchanging small coins for coins of greater value or vice versa. Naturally a fee was charged
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Money-Changer
Money-Changer [Gk kollybistḗs] (Mt. 21:12 par Mk. 11:15; Jn. 2:15); AV also CHANGER; [kermatistḗs] (Jn. 2:14); AV CHANGER OF MONEY. See Bank III.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Money Changer
MONEY CHANGER Ancient profession that undertook many of the services performed by the modern banker, particularly in the area of exchanging the currency of one country or province into that of another, or of exchanging small coins for coins of greater value or vice versa. Naturally, a fee was charged
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Money Changers
money changers. The cosmopolitan nature of a city like Jerusalem made exchange of funds a complex matter. Thus, money changers would often be located at the gate of the city or a building (such as the temple) to perform the exchanges required for commerce. When a money changer exchanged Antiochian tetradrachmas
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Money Changers
MONEY CHANGERSThe Jews of NT times, abhorring idolatry, could not use coins in religious service that had the head of a “divine” Caesar or other symbol of paganism. When it came to the payment of the yearly temple tax (Mt 17:24 ff.), based by the rabbis on the census half-shekel of Ex 30:13, offices
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Money-Changers
MONEY-CHANGERS. The ‘exchangers’ of Mt. 25:27 (av) were regular bankers (trapezitai); cf. the saying commonly ascribed to our Lord, ‘Be expert bankers’—i.e. trustworthy and skilled in detecting counterfeits. A specialized class of money-changers officiated in the Temple precincts, probably in the Court
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Money-Changer
Money-ChangerIn ancient Palestine, the banker who exchanged local currency for that of a different country or province. Coins were widely used in the Roman Empire, and many different types, weights, and sizes of coins found their way into ancient Judea. This was especially true of Jerusalem during the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Money Changer
Money-Changer (Gk. kollybistḗs, kermatistḗs).† In ancient Palestine, the banker who exchanged local currency for that of a different country or province. The work of the money-changers in the Jerusalem temple (Matt. 21:12 par. Mark 11:15; John 2:14–15) was necessary so that coins from various
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Temple Cleansing
Temple cleansingThe incident in the Temple* is recorded in all four Gospels (Mt 21:10–17; Mk 11:11, 15–17; Lk 19:45–46; Jn 2:13–17), although each Gospel writer has interpreted the event in a distinctive way. Precisely because it is attested in all four Gospels, many believe that the incident traces
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Money Changers
MONEY CHANGERS Those mentioned in the Gospels are Temple officials who exchanged various local and imperial coins for the Tyrian standard coin, which was the only coinage that could be deposited in the Temple treasury (Matt 21:12; Mark 11:15). Surcharges of up to 8 percent were sometimes rolled into
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Money-changers
Money-changers. Matt. 21:12; Mark 11:15; John 2:15. According to Ex. 30:13–15, every Israelite who had reached or passed the age of twenty must pay into the sacred treasury, whenver the nation was numbered, a half-shekel as an offering to Jehovah. The money-changers whom Christ, for their impiety, avarice
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Money Changer
MONEY CHANGER (Gk. kollubistēs, “a coin dealer”; kermatistēs, “money broker,” from kerma, a “small coin”).1. Bankers who sat in the Court of the Gentiles (or in its porch) and for a fixed discount changed all foreign coins into those of the sanctuary. Every Israelite, rich or poor, who had reached
Key passages
Mt 21:12–13

And Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house …

Mk 11:15–17

And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered into the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple courts, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who were selling doves. And he …

Lk 19:45–46

And he entered into the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling, saying to them, “It is written, ‘And my house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a cave of robbers!”

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