Lenten Study Week 2: The Temple – Risking Righteous Anger
March 11, 2020
Each Sunday in Lent, we’re diving into a Lenten Study during the 9:45 a.m. hour. This six-week study is informed by author and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine’s study guide Entering The Passion of Jesus. Each installment of the study examines the stories and events during the last days of Jesus’ life.
This week, we turn to the gospels to examine different accounts of “the temple”. We not only look at how Matthew, Mark, Luke and John detail Jesus’ entering the Temple, but also what the actions that Jesus took (and the anger he appears to display) in the temple imply. When examined closely, we understand that the concern is not the temple itself, but the attitude of the people coming to it, according to Levine. There are also references to Jesus’ body as a temple, inviting us to consider the temple in a different light.
In the video below, Dr. Stoker gives us a little background on The Temple and the events of that day. In addition to the questions posed by Dr. Stoker in the video below, this week, we should also consider:
John’s account, he makes reference to Jesus’ body as a temple – what does that mean for us?
If the community gathered in Jesus’ name IS is his body, then what does that mean for how we welcome people?
If we believe in the Incarnation (the divine takes on human flesh), then what does that imply for the value of each and every body?