Christ and the Money-Changers
The Iconography
This episode is described in Matthew 21:12, Mark 11:15, Luke 19:45-46, and John 2:14-16.

Prepared in 2017 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University. Revised 2019-09-19.


Scarsellino, The Cleansing of the Temple. See the description page.


In the 12th-13th century mosaics at Monreale Cathedral (See the description page.)

MATTHEW 21:12-13 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the chairs of them that sold doves:13 And he saith to them: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.

JOHN 2:14-16 And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting.And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew. And to them that sold doves he said: Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic.