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    my apologies if I offended. I always thought differently, though my Jewish mother was never a good teacher on these matters I had made my own opinion after attending St. John's University briefly, but this was always the gist I got on the moneychangers . . .

    The word "moneychanger" means money-banker or money-broker. They would make large profits at the expense of the pilgrims. Every Israelite, rich or poor, who had reached the age of twenty was obligated to pay a half shekel as an offering to Jehovah into the sacred treasury. This tribute was in every case to be paid in the exact Hebrew half shekel. At Passover everyone in the world who was an adult male and wished to worship at the Temple would bring his "offering" or purchase a sacrificial animal at the Temple. Since there was no acceptance of foreign money with any foreign image the money changers would sell "Temple coinage" at a very high rate of exchange and assess a fixed charge for their services.

    The judges, who sat to inspect the offerings that were brought by the pilgrims, were quick to detect any blemish in them. This was expensive for the wealthy pilgrims, not to say how ruinous this was for the poor who could only offer their turtle-doves and pigeons. There was no defense for them or court of appeal, seeing that the priestly authorities took a large percentage on every transaction.

    ~snip~


    The Wealthy and the Poor

    There was tremendous wealth in Jerusalem. Many of the rich publicans (tax-gatherers) and influential leaders resided in Jerusalem, not only in their houses, but their summer residences, their large parks, and their country estates. Their vast wealth reached unbelievable proportions in the days of Herod. These plutocratic families were powerful in government circles and "prided themselves in their excesses." The gulf between the rich and the poor was immense and the very poor families were often driven from their homes to become the slum-dwellers of Jerusalem.

    http://www.bible-history.com/...
     

    Sorry to go off topic, just thought I'd include a quote from a source that backed up my line of reasoning. I am always glad to be proven wrong if it means I can learn something from it. But again, my apologies if I offend

    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 03:43:42 PM PDT

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