besides ben Yehoyada...does anyone explain how this could have occured and what it meant?
hg, ny usa
The Gemara itself says that the father's statement (along with the entire incident) teaches us the purity of the Beis Hamikdash was more important to them than killing. This was a horrible attitude. The Maharsha indeed links this with the Gemara which states that at the end of the second Beis Hamikdash period it was clear that murder was a big problem. I hate to say it, but this is comparable to someone pushing another person out of the way in order that he can have a better look at a certain renown Torah scholar. Sometimes people lose sight of the forest for the trees, and that is clearly what happened here.