Re: Tribute payment
- In a message dated 30/01/03 18:00:32 GMT Standard Time,
> You'll want to have a look at the article on (and I'm working fromThanks very much for the replies. I've been asked to co-author an article
> memory here, so the title may not be exact) "the Coin on the Tribute
> Tax" in _Jesus and the Politics of his Day_ ed. Bammel and (I think)
> When I have time I'll find the exact reference. But the poll/head tax
> had to be paid in the Roman denarius.
on the so-called 'tribute penny'; I don't know whether you're aware of the
appalling hype surrounding Tiberius denarii and other 'Biblical' coins in
some coin collecting circles, but this is partly a result of irritation. I
intend to argue, among other things, that its impossible to be certain
exactly what coin is referred to. Thanks again.
- --- RSBrenchley wrote:
> Obviously, they were almost all paying the tax; significantIt was evidently important to provide a justification for complying
> evasion would have brought about action by the Romans, of which
> we have no record at this time. In practice, therefore, they did
> not object, whatever private doubts they may have had.
- perhaps because there were Jewish/Christian factions who argued
that they shouldn't comply. I perceive the tribute pericope as
essentially providing a legal ruling on a real dispute between
various factions - either within Judaism or within Christianity,
or both. Whether it's based on an authentic scene from J's life,
however, or whether the "Herodians" and "Pharisees" in the tale
might be stand-ins for later Christian groups, seems not clearly
> Isn't it possible, though, that an insignificant MessianicThat passage seems to indicate that everybody (presumably including
> group might have slipped through the net, and evaded the tax
> on conscientious grounds?
> Could Revelation 13:16-17 be adduced as evidence of the avoidance
> of image-bearing coin in the EC?
Christians) _did_ use image-bearing coins - though maybe the author
disapproved of what he saw as hypocrisy among his brethren.
Mt. Clemens, MI