And they brought it. And he said to them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said to him, Caesar's.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Superscription.—Better, inscription, as in Matthew 22:20.Matthew 22:15-22.
and superscription?—the words encircling it on the obverse side.
And they said unto him, Cæsar's.See Poole on "Mark 12:13"
and he saith unto them, whose is this image, and superscription; for it had the head of an emperor upon it, very likely the image of the then reigning emperor Tiberius, and a superscription on it, expressing his name, and perhaps a motto along with it:And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)16. Whose is this image] “The little silver coin, bearing on its surface the head encircled with a wreath of laurel, and bound round with the sacred fillet—the well-known features, the most beautiful and the most wicked, even in outward expression, of all the Roman Emperors, with the superscription running round, in the stately language of imperial Rome, Tiberius Cæsar, Divi Augusti filius Augustus, Imperator.” The image of the Emperor would be regarded by the stricter Jews as idolatrous, and to spare their feelings, the Romans had allowed a special coinage to be struck for Judæa, without any likeness upon it, and only the name of the Emperor, and such Jewish emblems as palms, lilies, grapes, and censers.
See on Matthew 22:20.
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