Ark of the Covenant - Bible History Online
Bible History Online

Easton's Bible Dictionary

A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z   

        one who farmed the taxes (e.g., Zacchaeus, Luke 19:2) to be
        levied from a town or district, and thus undertook to pay to the
        supreme government a certain amount. In order to collect the
        taxes, the publicans employed subordinates (5:27; 15:1; 18:10),
        who, for their own ends, were often guilty of extortion and
        peculation. In New Testament times these taxes were paid to the
        Romans, and hence were regarded by the Jews as a very heavy
        burden, and hence also the collectors of taxes, who were
        frequently Jews, were hated, and were usually spoken of in very
        opprobrious terms. Jesus was accused of being a "friend of
        publicans and sinners" (Luke 7:34).
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Publican' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

Copyright Information
Easton's Bible Dictionary

Easton's Bible Dictionary Home
Bible History Online Home


Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE)
Online Bible (KJV)
Naves Topical Bible
Smith's Bible Dictionary
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Matthew Henry Bible Commentary
Hitchcock's Bible Dictionary

Related Bible History