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The Temple Tax

Jesus has a unique way to pay the Temple tax.
Contributed by LUMO project
Jesus and His disciples arrived back in Capernaum. Now each year, Jewish officials requested that each Jewish adult male pay the annual Temple contribution of a half shekel (or double drachma) at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar, preceding Passover. Shekels and half-shekels minted in Tyre were the only coins accepted as payment of this annual tribute to the Jerusalem Temple. – Slide 1
The collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and asked, ‘Your teacher pays the half shekel Temple tax, doesn’t He?’ <br/>Peter replied, ‘Yes.’ – Slide 2
When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, ‘What do you think? From whom do earthly kings collect tolls or taxes—from their sons, or from foreigners?’ – Slide 3
Peter replied, ‘From foreigners.’ <br/>Jesus said to him, ‘Then the sons are free. – Slide 4
‘But so that we don’t offend them, go to the lake and fish. – Slide 5
‘Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth … – Slide 6
‘… you will find a silver shekel (a four drachma) coin. – Slide 7
‘Take that and give it to them for your Temple tax and mine.’ – Slide 8
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