Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kevin McGonigal, Nov 30, 2020.
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He further notes that it was the requirement to use sheqels and half-sheqels in the Jerusalem Temple that led to Jesus' disgust at the money changers. Thus payment in sheqels would have added salt to the wound so to speak.
τριάκοντα ἀργύρια from the "chief priests" ἀρχιερεῖς. Unfortunately, the text is vague regarding what sort of silver. However, since silver coins of Tyrian type were the only coins acceptable for payment of the Temple tax, it stands to reason that those would have been the coins most readily available to the chief priests.
I dimly recall reading, somewhere, that the Temple accepted Tyrian shekels, despite the hold-your-nose, pagan content. Especially when the Maccabeans, whose remarkably successful revolt against the Seleucids was precipitated by just such (humor me) abominations, were still a recent cultural memory. ...Maybe that was another thing that got Jesus that p----d off, as far as the money changers were concerned. He's of record quoting a line from one of the Old Testament prophets when he did that.
...One amazing thing about the canonical (...different story) Gospels is that, with the extant manuscripts all in Koine Greek (but with occasional transiterations from Aramaic ...notably when he's quoted), Jesus comes across as having been very literate, especially in the prophets of the Tanakh.
...Beyond that point, the prevailing politico-religious elites followed a collective pathology common to politico-religious elites (...know any of those?), rather than anything credibly distinctive of their ethnicity.
...And who actually did that stuff, depicted in that splat movie I never subjected myself to? Um ...wait for it... Roman soldiers. (...'Just Following Orders,' on one hand, and, hmm, maybe having grown up playing the 1st-c. CE equivalent of too many violent video games, on the other.)
@Parthicus, thank you for your valued perspective!!! :<}
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