Originally Posted by bendog
The thing was that to access the Temple, a Jew had to PAY MONEY. The majority of Jews were destitute; destitute not being poor as we know it, but being poor as in starvation was imminet. They could not keep the laws because they could not afford it. They couldn't even marry, which makes the Jesus / Mary Magdeline thing more curious, btw.
The Priests' hold on their position in the socioeconmic scene was tied to the money. They collected it, and Rome took it's cut. So, when Jesus told the rabble they could look to God without the Temple .... doomed.
Exactly! Damn bendog - Different sides of the same coin