The Price of Betrayal

Silver ShekelDuring the time of Jesus’s preaching the ‎Roman authorities operated a mint in Tyre which produced silver shekels of a very high purity (94 percent silver or more). These and half-shekels were the only coins accepted by the temple in Jerusalem. When Jesus needed to pay the temple tax, this was the coin that Jesus told Peter to find in the fish’s mouth (Matt 17:27). The high priests also paid Judas with “thirty pieces of silver” like this one to betray Christ (Matt 26:15).

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