Christ Overturns the Tables of the Moneylenders.
 Koenig, Peter

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Title:Christ Overturns the Tables of the Moneylenders
Notes:Peter Koenig is a Catholic artist whose goal in life is “to paint the drama, romance and poetry of the sacred book” ( In this modern representation of the cleansing of the temple, Jesus holds a whip as he drives away the sheep being sold for sacrifices. The doves have been released and are chaotically flying around above the people, whose expressions are mixtures of shock, horror, irritation, and anger. Jesus has turned over the tables and money is scattering all around the moneylenders. This painting inspires viewers to reconsider what it means to be a church in today’s society. Should the church be a place of profit (a den of thieves) or should it use its resources for the good of people? Should it exploit the needy or should it help them? Should the church be an exploitative economic institution or one devoted to alleviating the suffering of all oppressed peoples?
Artist:Koenig, Peter
Country:United Kingdom

Scripture:John 2:13-22
Person as Subject:Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:BLent03
General Subject:Cleansing of the Temple

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Copyright Source:Peter Winfried (Canisius) Koenig,
Copyright Permission:The artist has granted permission for the non-commercial use of this image with attribution. The artist must be contacted for other uses.
Attribution:Koenig, Peter. Christ Overturns the Tables of the Moneylenders, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 23, 2024]. Original source: Peter Winfried (Canisius) Koenig,
Record Number:58520 Last Updated: 2022-06-27 14:46:42 Record Created: 2021-03-12 10:43:07
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition