Widow’s Mite

Judaean Coinage

Judaean Coinage (Jewish coins) The region of ancient Judaea was witness to many different rulers over the centuries, at times being brought under control at great expense. Originally part of the Kingdom of Israel from 11th Century BC to 930 BC, the timeline of the rule of Judaea looks like this: 930 BC to 586 BC – Kingdom of Judah 586 BC to 539 BC – Babylonian Empire 539 BC to 332 BC – Persian Empire 332 BC to 305 BC – Macedonian Kingdom 305 BC to 198 BC – Ptolemaic Kingdom 198 BC to 141 BC – Seleukid Kingdom 141 BC to 63 BC – Hasmonean Kingdom 63 BC to 37 BC – Hasmonean Kingdom as client state of Rome 37 BC to 132 AD – Herodian Kingdom as client state of Rome 132 AD to 135 AD – Bar Kokhba Revolt 135 AD – Merged with Roman p...

Easter Sunday

Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of Judaea, and governed during the reign of Roman emperor, Tiberius. The four Christian Gospels all agree Pilate did not want to have Jesus Christ executed, but relented to the crowds who demanded it. The Gospels tell: Matthew: Pilate symbolically washes his hands to show he didn’t want to be held responsible for the execution of Jesus and was only doing what was demanded of him. Mark: Jesus was innocent of plotting against the Roman Empire and Pilate agreed and didn’t want to condemn him. Luke: Not only did Pilate find Jesus innocent of plotting against the Empire, but Herod Antipas of Galilee agreed. John: Quotes Pilate as saying “I find no guilt in Him [Jesus]” and asks the Jews if he should be freed. Matthew 22:15-22            Paying the Imperial T...

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