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The money-changing had also turned criminal.  In the outer court, foreign money was exchanged for temple shekels.  Each Jew was required to pay a half shekel yearly to support the work of the temple.

Shekels were also used for offerings.  Because no other coin was accepted by the priests, the people were forced to exchange far more than the temple shekels were worth.  Here also, the priests collected a share of the profits.

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