Friday, January 30, 2015
Jesus' "incredibly disrespectful, offensive and irresponsible inaugural miracle"
Teaser: it has something to do with Tuma.
The entire section can be viewed on Google Books; pp. 31-36 here (the page numbers are not marked, so read from the paragraph beginning "Jen had a warm but weary..." to the paragraph ending "confines of the riverbanks.")
When Shane autographed my book, he asked about me. I mentioned I was a pastor and Bible teacher, and that I had found his teaching helpful. He smiled, "And you haven't gotten in trouble for that yet?"
I have always found it fascinating that John very intentionally hitches (some would call it framejacking) this story to Jesus' temple cleansing. So it's worth pursuing how the temple tantrum was also an "incredibly disrespectful, offensive and irresponsible inaugural miracle"...and for similar reasons.
Also: see Michael Frost video HERE for help on this text, including a suggested inclusio.
("Uncle Joshua would've had a lampshade on his head")