Considering this was the reading this last Sunday, this has come up as a bit of a debtate. In Matthew 21 and John 2 Jesus is depicted as cleansing the temple. The account of John indicates Jesus grabbed a whip and drove them away.
I hadn’t really stumbled upon the disagreements of this passage until very recently. Some claim Jesus only tapped the whip on the animals to get them out, and some claim that Jesus actually used to whip on the men themselves, i.e. striking them. Most agree Jesus likely swung the whip towards both the animals and the men, but the controversy is did he hit anybody/ anything.
I had always believed he used the whip to hit the people and animals that were present. What else is a whip for than striking people or creatures?
I also encountered that up until Augustine, most of the Christian exegesis of these passages indicated that Christ did not strike anybody. Yet, from Augustine onward it seems that changed. Does anybody know where Augustine discusses this? Any other bits of credible church scholars on this?