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Half-Shekel Tax

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The Temple tax required annually of every Israelite twenty years of age and upwards (Exodus 30:13 ,Exodus 30:13,30:15 ; Exodus 38:26 ). Such payment brought atonement, but atonement price was equal for all (Exodus 30:15 ). At Matthew 17:24 this tax is called the didrachma (“the two drachma”) tax. The coin in the fish's mouth was a stater , a coin worth four drachmas or the Temple tax for two (Matthew 17:27 ). See Atonement .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Half-Shekel Tax'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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