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Youth vows to cleanse temple

Jesus as a boyJERUSALEM, AD 7

Unnamed sources report that Jesus ben Joseph, the youth who astounded elders at the temple with his inquiries and comments last week, has vowed to “cleanse the temple.” Reportedly the young Nazarene stood upon the brow of Mount Olivet and made the declaration in the company of his amazed parents. Exactly what he meant by this declaration is not known. One rabbi who heard the report dismissed it as youthful immaturity. “Jesus hinted during the temple discussions that there is too much tradition and dogma surrounding our faith. He did not like what he called ‘secular trade and barter’ taking place in the temple, which he actually called his Father’s house. These reformers come and go, but the God of Israel will never change. Jesus must learn more respect for tradition.” Another rabbi was more vigorous in his reaction: “Just when I thought we were finally rid of him he dares to say such a thing. How impudent! Good riddance. He belongs in Nazareth.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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