Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Was the Denarius a Daily Wage? A Note on the Parable of the Two Debtors in Luke 7:40–43

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
3/11/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
12 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, Daily Wage, debt, Denarius, Jesus, lds, Mormonism, parable, Simon the Pharisee

Abstract: This note provides a brief overview of Roman economic history and currency in order to throw light on the value and significance of the two debts illustratively used by Jesus in his parable to Simon the Pharisee. Though we cannot with accuracy make the claim that a Roman denarius was always the daily wage, we can determine that the debtors of Jesus’s parable owed something on the order of a year’s worth of wages and ten years’ worth of wages.

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