Wasn’t it also true that the animal market was in the Court of the Gentiles, and was thus preventing Gentiles from coming to worship in the Temple?
“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” — Jesus Christ
Don’t know. I was not presuming to know or identify all the reasons for what Jesus did. It has simply been taught to me from history that (a) secular coins were not allowed into the temple, (b) one needed to exchange secular money for temple coins to give their tithe or gifts, and (c) the money-changers ripped people off when exchanging money.
Was there more going on than that? I expect so. With God there often was / is a lot going on at the same time.