Original Research - Special Collection: Old and New Testament Studies

‘Breek die tempel af’: Etiese dimensies in Johannes 2:13-22?

Jan G. van der Watt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a3003 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.3003 | © 2015 Jan G. van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 April 2015 | Published: 26 August 2015

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Jan G. van der Watt, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Department of New Testament, University of the Free State, South Africa


Destroy this temple’: Ethical dimensions in John 2:13–22? The question asked is to what extent could one speak of ethical dynamics in the Gospel of John, even in cases where there is no surface level textual evidence for the presence of ethical material? It is argued that through the process of rereading (‘relecture’), which is invited by the Johannine text as performative text, ethical dimensions are highlighted in texts where such emphases were not apparent at the first reading. As example the events at the temple, narrated in John 2:13–22, are analysed.


Johannine ethics, Johannese etiek, Cleansing of temple, Reiniging van die tempel, John 2:13-22, Johannes 2:13-22


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