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Half-Shekel Tax
Temple Tax • Tribute Money
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Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Half-Shekel Tax
HALF-SHEKEL TAX* Tax on all adult Jews throughout the world, begun during intertestamental times for the support of the temple, and continued by Vespasian for its Roman replacement; the temple tax of Mt 17:24–25.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
TRIBUTE MONEY
TRIBUTE MONEY([τὸ νόμισμα του̂ κήνσου, to nomisma tou kensou] (Mt 22:19), “the coin used in payment of the imperial taxes”): Lit. “the lawful money of the tax,” which, in the case of the poll tax, had to be paid in current coin of the realm (see Mt 17:27).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Half-Shekel Tax
HALF-SHEKEL TAX Temple tax required annually of every Israelite 20 years of age and upwards (Exod. 30:13, 15; 38:26). Such payment brought atonement, but atonement price was equal for all (30:15). At Matt. 17:24 this tax is called the didrachma (“the two drachma”) tax. The coin in the fish’s mouth was
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Half-Shekel Tax
half-shekel tax. The RSV rendering of didrachmon G1440 (Matt. 17:24; NIV, “two-drachma tax”). See didrachma.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Tribute Money
TRIBUTE MONEY (τὸ νόμισμα τοῦ κήνσου, tónómisma toú kḗnsou [Mt 22:19], “the coin used in payment of the imperial taxes”): Lit. “the lawful money of the tax,” which, in the case of the poll tax, had to be paid in current coin of the realm (see Mt 17:27).
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
TEMPLE TAX
TEMPLE TAX [δίδραχμον didrachmon]. Israelite males were required to pay a half-shekel annually to support the Jerusalem Temple (Matt 17:24). After the Temple’s destruction, Vespasian required that Israelite males pay this tax to the temple of Jupiter Capitolinus in Rome (Josephus, J.W. 7.218). See MONEY,
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