THE WIDOW'S MITE
story of the "Widow's Mite" tells how, in 30 CE, "Jesus
sat over against the (temple) treasury, and beheld how the people cast money
into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came
a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites ... And he called unto
him his disciples, and saith unto them ... that this poor widow hath cast
more in than all they which have cast into the treasury. For all they did
cast in of their abundance; but she did cast in all that she had, even all
her living" (Mark 12:41-44). The most likely candidates for the "two
mites" are the only small bronze Jewish coins that were available - the
common prutahs issued by the Hasmoneans (c.130 - 40 BCE). Even though these
were issued about 70 - 160 years before this event, it should be noted that
coins often circulated for hundreds of years in ancient times.
Engraving by Gustave Doré
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