B Lent 3, Art for Readings for March 11, 2012

REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)
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Christ Driving the Money-Changers from the Temple
c. 1626
Oil on panel, 43 x 33 cm
Pushkin Museum, Moscow
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 Contemporary analysis sees Jesus’ action as an attack on Temple political practice itself, not money-changing per se. Money-changing was necessitated by the required ritual sacrifice by pilgrims.

In Christian art whips, flying coins, overturned tables and fleeing Jews make for exciting images and reinforce prejudicial Jewish stereotypes.

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