Re: Tribute payment
> Admittedly this coin predated the time of the incident depicted in theAugustus and Tiberius issued numerous designs of denarius; Van Meter's
> Gospels, and that at the time of the Gospel incident, the denarius of
> Tiberius, rather than the denarius of Augustus was in circulation. But
> didn't the existing denarius of Augustus continue to circulate? It is
> interesting to speculate that the Augustan denarius would have been
> particularly offensive to Jews because of the "Divi Filius". If that coin
> was the one examined, then "Give to the emperor the things that are the
> emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." would invoke another
> layer of meaning.
'Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins' lists 38 types for Augustus, with a
further six issued for family members, and one for Augustus and Tiberius.
Tiberius has two. Judging from the worn condition of many offered for sale,
they, and the Republican and Imperatorial coins which preceded them, must
have remained in circulation for many years. Is there any reason not to
assume that any denarius would do? None of them was actually demonetised
until long after.
- --- 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