tribute, tax, toll

tribute, tax, toll

Monies paid to the government. Conquered peoples might be compelled to pay tribute to the foreign ruler (1Kgs 20:1-7; 2Kgs 17:1-6; Neh 5:4; Esth 10:1). Otherwise, the most common form of taxation throughout antiquity was that levied on agricultural produce (Gen 41:25-57). This often led to confiscation of land from those who could not pay taxes and, so, to the consolidation of landholdings in the hands of a wealthy elite. This division between wealthy landowners and peasants is reflected in a number of NT parables (Matt 20:1-16; Matt 21:33-41; Luke 12:13-21; Luke 12:42-46; Luke 14:11-27). The imposition of other taxes on individuals was often the incentive for a census (Luke 2:1-2; 2Sam 24). An ideology of resistance to such taxes underlies a question posed to Jesus (Mark 12:13-17). Every Israelite male was expected to pay an annual half-shekel offering toward the costs of the Temple (Matt 17:24).

1Kgs 20:1-7

* Invalid citation format *

2Kgs 17:1-6

* Invalid citation format *

Neh 5:4

* Invalid citation format *

Esth 10:1

* Invalid citation format *

Gen 41:25-57

* Invalid citation format *

Matt 20:1-16

* Invalid citation format *

Matt 21:33-41

* Invalid citation format *

Luke 12:13-21

* Invalid citation format *

Luke 12:42-46

* Invalid citation format *

Luke 14:11-27

* Invalid citation format *

Luke 2:1-2

* Invalid citation format *

2Sam 24

* Invalid citation format *

Mark 12:13-17

* Invalid citation format *

Matt 17:24

* Invalid citation format *

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.