In the account in Mathew of Jesus casting out the demons into swine (included below), is there evidence for commentary on property? It would seem the main point of using swine would be for an unclean animal to take unclean spirits (couched in the main point of Jesus's power over deamons and His mercy extending even to demons).
However, we also get the reaction of the swineherds and the town asking him to leave. This has been a question of mine since going through "A commentary, critical and explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments" which implies that the destruction of the property is warranted as the herders would have been Jewish and their herd unclean. I acknowledge that is not a recent commentary, but I've seen the same short snip-it included in many more modern commentaries if the issue is addressed at all.
I understand that this focusing tangentially to the main point of the text, but I'm considering on including it in a series covering property in the NT in general. Any additional points or commentary that deal with the property/swineherds would be appreciated.
[NRSV MT 8:28-34]
28 When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes,* two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29Suddenly they shouted, ‘What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?’ 30Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31The demons begged him, ‘If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ 32And he said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. 33The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighbourhood.