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Tax levied on a person, usually as a prerequisite for voting. NAS used poll-tax sometimes when other translations read either taxes or tribute (Matthew 17:25; Matthew 22:17; Mark 12:14 ). Poll-tax is perhaps misleading. The Roman Empire was not a democracy in which the Jewish people participated by voting. “Head-tax” is the meaning the NAS translators had hoped to convey. See Poll .

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Poll-Tax'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hbd/​p/poll-tax.html. 1991.
 
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