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And when they came to Capernaum, those who received the two drachma Temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does not your teacher pay the two drachma tax?” Bible

“the two drachma Temple tax.” This tax was paid by every Israelite male 20 years old and older for the maintenance of the Tabernacle and later the Temple (Ex. 30:13; 2 Chron. 24:9; Neh. 10:32). During the Greek control of Palestine, the tax was paid with a coin referred to as the didrachmon (“double drachma”) and the tax took on that name. At the time of Christ the didrachmon coin was no longer in circulation and the tax was paid with other coinage, but the name of the tax remained the same. The tax was equivalent to about 2 days wages.


Commentary for: Matthew 17:24