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Clearing the Temple
"In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, 'Take these things away; do not make my Fatherís house a house of trade.'" John 2:14-16
About this creation

Upon returning to Jerusalem in triumph, Jesus of Nazareth, in an act of zealous rage, cleansed his Father's holy temple before his final act of love that would, through his death, save the nation and the world from the fire of eternal darkness.


This 12x12 vignette captures a segment of the outer temple court and the raised walkway, called Solomon's Portico, that ran around the perimeter of the temple mount. According to the Jewish historian Josephus, multiply this segment by about 108, and you'll have one full side of the temple mount in minifigure scale.


This was one of those builds that I banged out in a single friday night. (Staying up till one thirty in the morning of course.)


This top segment of Solomon's Portico features a raised platform in the center that may have been used to sound the shofar on the eve of sabbath at sundown.




This is a temple guard. They were enlisted by King Herod to protect the temple, and to prevent uprisings.

My original, patented, and awesome dove design.

Simulating motion is always fun in these kind of vignettes.


Thanks to the new $11.00 POTC set, I now have a copious amount of pearl gold dots.


The truly awesome thing about this vignette, is that everything is attached and has clutch power. I can flip the thing upside down and everything will stay in place.


The creation "dis-figured."


All the minifigures used in the vignette.


Finally, the de-saturated artistic shot. Jesus' cleansing of the temple fulfilled the prophesy in Jeremiah 7:11 stating, "Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the LORD."



Comments

 I like it 
  May 23, 2012
The dove is awesome! Absolutely my favorite part of the moc! I did not know that in that section of the bible, it actually said Jesus made a whip, and used that to clear out the temple! Well, as my dad said, "You will ALWAYS, ALWAYS learn something new when you read the bible." Keep up the good work!
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  September 10, 2011
I love it! The Jesus 'fig is perfect, and I also like that guard. Very nice!
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  August 16, 2011
Love this!!! Very well done Paul!
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  June 12, 2011
Ok, Paul, it's up on my blog! I'm SO sorry about how small the pictures are, they don't do them any justice. But you can see it at buildingwiththebricks.blogspot.com
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  June 12, 2011
Quoting Jacob Carroll Paul, I have a question! Would you let me post some of your models on my blog? I think that some of the things you build are amazing and I hope you say yes! To see my blog, you can go to buildingwiththebricks.blogspot.com ///// I know my blog isn't that great yet, but I'm trying to make it better! Thanks!
Thank you for your recognition! I would love to be featured on your blog. You've got a fun read going on there, and it will be great to follow your blog as it progresses! The 2011 MOCie Awards are currently going on as well, so be sure to join the group and give the community your nominations if have not done so already. http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/17121 Thanks again!
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  June 11, 2011
Paul, I have a question! Would you let me post some of your models on my blog? I think that some of the things you build are amazing and I hope you say yes! To see my blog, you can go to buildingwiththebricks.blogspot.com ///// I know my blog isn't that great yet, but I'm trying to make it better! Thanks!
 I like it 
  June 4, 2011
Dude, you rock! "You don't have to build big, to build well" You are a great example of this.
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  May 27, 2011
Very nice! I love those doves.
Paul Vermeesch
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Christian H.
  May 23, 2011
Excellent visual showing of a great reading.
Paul Vermeesch
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Mark E
  May 23, 2011
Oh I love this part you portrayed it well to! I like the figs.
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  May 23, 2011
WOW! Just...wow! There is so much to like about this. Jesus is perfect, as well as the men on the roof and scattering money-changers. the doves are brilliant, and the work on the columns and stairs for the battlements are epic. I also got the "Captain's Cabin" POTC set, as well as the "Isla de Muerta". So I too have more than satisfactory supply of gold studs, with some new coins and goldbars as well. Even though you used just the studs, it doesn't detract from the appearance in the least. It looks stunning. Plus the black background was a good choice considering the white-dominant vignette. My only comment would be to perhaps add hair to the bald guy on the roof. He looks strikingly odd. And also some more sacrifical animals being scattered, and some more...clutter and chaos...on the ground floor. Maybe more figs and animals? I'm not quite sure though. But none the less this vig is sensational! 5/5!
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  May 23, 2011
Awesome Paul! I've been planning on doing this exact same biblical scene too (that's what Max meant by: "Ian will be mad."). Very well done! I don't think mine will be this good if I ever post it. Funny we had the same idea. Do you remember when Max asked you if you'd told him about doing this scene before, and you said no. Well when Max said that he was thinking of me...haha (hope that was not too confusing). Once again, nicely done!
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  May 23, 2011
Chuck Norris was Bruce Lee's punching bag...as to the vig; this is excellent. I think the one guard on the roof ought to be frowning rather than smiling but that is just me. Nicely presented!
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  May 23, 2011
woah! awesomeness! great job! love how everythings stuck on! the flying doves and falling money are brilliant!
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  May 23, 2011
I STILL think that face would be perfect for a Chuck Norris minifig. Great vignette, tightly packed with action and details.
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  May 23, 2011
"Wow! This is EXCELLENT! Wonderful MOC! Love the doves! What is this the book thing what is that, what is this based off? What book?" I am going to assume you are asking what book the vignette is based on, it's hard to tell if that's what your asking. But, the answer is the Bible. Now to the vig, Excellent!! This is a very well thought out moc, and the details are amazing. I wish there were more Christian mocs out there that were this good....In fact I think I'm going to make one soon.
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  May 23, 2011
Awesome creation! Those doves are pure genius! I tried making minifig-scale doves myself, but mine came out sloppy; yours are so much better than mine could've ever been! Great job all around!
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  May 23, 2011
That dove design is truly awesome. So's the Vignette aswell of course!
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  May 23, 2011
The doves are awesome!
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  May 23, 2011
Ian will be mad. Looks great Paul! Love the base. The figs too are very well done.
 
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