Potion Master Posted January 10 Author Share Posted January 10 39 minutes ago, Vika said: Also, I am interested in the biblical coin story, I love old coins. Ok! These coins are relatively thin reproductions by the way, and we get them via the Catholic church. The story goes something like this... Jesus witnesses the treasury taking money from the populace, everyone is expected to pay two coins. He becomes incensed because the 2 coins are all an old widow woman has, yet to the rich people, two coins are nothing. It calls out hypocrisy and inequity, and encourages fairness on an institutional level. From Wiki: Quote In the passage immediately prior to Jesus taking a seat opposite the Temple treasury, he is portrayed as condemning religious leaders who feign piety, accept honor from people, and steal from widows. "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation." The same religious leaders who would reduce widows to poverty also encourage them to make pious donations beyond their means. In Wright's opinion, rather than commending the widow's generosity, Jesus is condemning both the social system that renders her poor, and "... the value system that motivates her action, and he condemns the people who conditioned her to do it. These coins are usually sold or given in pairs to reflect the above biblical story. But a separate tradition has grown out of this as well. The tradition seems mainly to be in Latin countries, and it involves the giving of two of these coins, or sometimes an entire bag full of them, from a husband to a wife on their wedding day. The ritual signifies, that the husband pledges to be the money maker of the household, and promises in turn to hand over and entrust his earnings to his wife, in order for her to be the manager of the household. This is usually done during the wedding celebration for all to witness. And there you go, thank you for asking! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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