Who Would Jesus Tax? Data mining the Bible
*Ten translations of the Bible were searched, or 'data mined', with a computer for the terms: tax; taxes; tax collector; toll; custom; impose; tribute; and probably a few other terms now forgotten, in order to write this. This webpage is approximately 23 pages long.
[Just keep in mind... the question is "Who Would Jesus Tax?"... Not Paul, or Peter, or anyone else. We are only data mining what Jesus said, taught, and did, regarding taxes. Also keep in mind, how a group of people manages to pay for social services is a separate issue from what Jesus actually said, or even what is actually written in a country's tax code.]
"I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants." - Matthew 11:25
If you go to your local law library, you will find Bibles on the shelf. Why? They seem oddly out of place considering the effort to separate church and state. Perhaps, Bibles are found in the law library because of the important laws they contain, God's laws, for example, "Thou shall not kill" and "Thou shall not steal".
What about God's son, Jesus, what did he have to say? What did he do? And, what's this we hear about Jesus and taxes?
Why should anyone care who Jesus would tax? Because...