COINS OF BIBLE DAYS by Florence Banks


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There is extensive historical research backgrounding this book. For the author sets out to describe the media of exchange used in Bible times and in particular to identify and evaluate the coins referred to in the Biblical accounts after coinage began in the Eighth Century B.C. She gives new meaning to many a Biblical incident by elucidating what would be the value in American money of the media of exchange employed. We learn that the ""twenty pieces of silver"" for which Joseph was sold into slavery was the equivalent of $1.25. We are told that the golden candlestick prescribed for the tabernacle would be worth $26,280, since it was to be made of ""a talent of pure gold"". The thirty pieces of silver for which Judas betrayed his Lord would not be worth more than $15. The author sketches the secular history which paralleled the Bible story by references to the Persian, Greek and Roman coins. It is a book which will be of especial interest to numismatists but would be of value also to Bible teachers.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1955
Publisher: Macmillan