Friday, February 26, 2021

Idolatrous images on Temple tax coins

NUMISMATICS: Graven Images and the Coins of Ancient Tyre (David Hendin).
One of the most common questions I have been asked over the years is why the Tyre shekels were chosen to be used for such holy use in the Temple. The issue that confuses people the most has to do with the graven image of the Tyrian god Melqarth (a local adaptation of Herakles) on the obverse, which surely represents a pagan deity, abhorrent to the Jews.
For more on the half-shekel Temple tax, including a modern effort to revive it, see here and links. Cross file under Phoenician Watch.

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