The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 22:20
And he saith unto them…
Having the penny in one hand,
and pointing to it with the other,
whose is this image and superscription? or inscription?
for the penny
that was, brought him had an image upon it, the form of a man's head
struck on it, and round about it an inscription, or writing, showing
who it was the image of, and whose money it was, and when it was
coined: this is enough to show, that this penny was not a Jewish, but a
Roman one; for the Jews, though they put inscriptions, yet no images on
their coin; and much less would they put Caesar's thereon, as was on
this: it is asked F18,
``What is the coin of Jerusalem? The answer is, David and
Solomon on one side, and Jerusalem the holy city off the
other side, i.e. as the gloss observes, David and Solomon
were "written" on one side, and on the other side were
written Jerusalem the holy city.''
``and what was the coin of Abraham our father? an old man
and an old woman, (Abraham and Sarah,) on one side, and a
young man and a young woman, (Isaac and Rebekah,) on the
The gloss on it is,
``not that there was on it the form of an old man and an old
woman on one side, and of a young man and a young woman on
the other, for it is forbidden to make the form of a man;
but so it was written on one side, an old man and an old
woman, and on the other side, a young man and a young
F18 T. Bab. Bava Kama, fol. 97. 2. Vid. Bereshit Rabbas sect. 39. fol.
34. 4. & Midrash Kohelet, fol 95. 4.
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