Andrew McKie first wrote for The Herald more than 20 years ago, when still an undergraduate. He has since written for many national newspapers and magazines, principally as a leader writer and Obituaries Editor of the Daily Telegraph. He regularly writes on fine art and culture for The Wall Street Journal Europe and frequently reviews, especially literary and science fiction, in The Spectator.
Jesus did not throw the money-lenders out of the Temple, not least because there weren't any money-lenders in the Temple.
The incident usually known as the Cleansing of the Temple is mentioned in all four Gospels (Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; and John 2, if you fancy looking it up). They all agree that the people whom Jesus chucked out when he "whummelt the tables", as Lorimer's excellent Scots translation of St Mark puts it, were money-changers (and pigeon sellers).
It just means together. The second half of the word comes from the Latin noun derived from the verb "alescere" which means "to grow up".
I refer of course to coalition, though we may well think that our current Coalition Government has done little in the way of coalescing or (in the less common verb) coalizing, and given even less indication that it is composed of grown-ups. Like all governments it is, however, quite keen on the idea of governing, even if that hasn't turned out to be its long suit.