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hi all,what is the biblical coins?

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Salem Alshdaifat:
hi all to this section of forum discussion ,first of all I would like to thank Joe and Alex, for this section ,and hope it will be useful l for all the members.
what is the biblical coins? a lot agree that it is the coins that mint in the holy land ,and some said it is all the coins that minted in the cites that mentioned  in the bible ,but how we look to the bible ,is it the book it self ?or where the book took place in ?,is it the god words ?,or where the actions in the bible and the history of the bible took place?.
for me I think the view should be wider and we have to consider all Palstaine , trans Jordan ,south Syria ,south Lebanon  ,as a biblical  area, and holy land ,so even the cites that never mintiond in the bible, in its two sections the old and new testaments are biblical cites and lands ,because there where the actions took place ,and Jesus ,Moses ,Suliman, David ,John ,and other prophets(peace be upon them all) pass through that land ,and through it villages and towns  and cites ,valleys  ,mountains ,rivers , so all these parts are holy and biblical in the same time.
but what is the period of the biblical time is all the coins that still struck until today are biblical?
no way I think that we should count the era of the bible from the earliest coinage in the holy land until Jesus (peace upon him) life time because that’s when the bible took place, some said until the bible was written in the 4th century but these are my thoughts and what is logical  for me why should we consider an era that came after the bible took place as biblical, for that we have to consider all the coins that minted in holy land until now as biblical ,and why to consider it up to when it written ?  we have to consider the bible for it self and when it took place ,even after Jesus his flowers wrote what he said, so it is the life time of Jesus what we have to call as the end of the biblical time ,I know a lot might disagree with me but this is my logic about the biblical coins.

All the books of the New Testament were written in the second half of the First or the first half of the Second Century AD, with bits of later editing. When people say that it was 'written' in the 4th Century this is a rather unclear reference to the fact that the canon (official list of approved books) was finalised then. In earlier times there were 'holy writings' or scriptures, but no 'Bible' as we know it. For nstance. I Enoch was considered 'holy' by some, and is quoted in the New Testament, but was excluded from the Bible of every church except the Ethiopian Orthodox. I think the 'Biblical' period is best seen as lasting until the New Testament books were all written, since they often address situations which arose well after Jesus' time, so I would include the Judea Capta issues and the bar Kochba coinage as 'Biblical' issues.

Salem Alshdaifat:
dear Robert,firest excuse my english,the bible parts was written as you said,but the bible as we know now collected at the 4th century,the point for me as i mintion is why we dont call the biblical coins up to the time of the bible it self , in Jesus (pbuh) time ,we can call the judaea capta and the barkhoba war as coins related to the bibl,and so tyre shekel and the nabatean coins,why we dont take the word biblical in it real meaning ?
and why to consider the coins that took place after Jesus life time as biblical?
i think that the bibl is conected to Jesus life time,still as i said my won thoughts,alot will disagree and alot might agree ,but i like to know the others thoughts about this point ,and i will be so happy if some elss will join this conversation to see what others think about this matter.
thanks indeed dear Robert

The reason why they aren't included is that by then the books had been written, and only the most minor of editing was still going on. Its a period which is vital to the history of the church, which includes the selection of the books, but it didn't influence the content of those books.

 Wayne Sayles thinks there are three types of coins that can be called Biblical: first the Jewish coins that date back to the Persian period. Secondly the coins of the Romans struck in Judaea and surrounding provinces, and third are coins struck not by or for the Jewish people but circulated in Judaea. Me personally I believe that Biblical coins themselves are the ones  referred to in the Bible like the widows mite and tribute penny or in a round about way shekels of tyre which many believe were the 30 pieces of silver coin or a coin issued by someone in the Bible like Herod the Great. This is Biblical and Judean coins though and coinage of Judea encompasses a lot.


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