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        pure, a superintendant of customs; a chief tax-gather
        (publicanus) at Jericho (Luke 19:1-10). "The collection of
        customs at Jericho, which at this time produced and exported a
        considerable quantity of balsam, was undoubtedly an important
        post, and would account for Zacchaeus being a rich man." Being
        short of stature, he hastened on before the multitude who were
        thronging about Christ as he passed through Jericho on his way
        to Jerusalem, and climbed up a sycamore tree that he might be
        able to see him. When our Lord reached the spot he looked up to
        the publican among the branches, and addressing him by name,
        told him to make haste and come down, as he intended that day to
        abide at his house. This led to the remarkable interview
        recorded by the evangelist, and to the striking parable of the
        ten pounds (Luke 19:12-27). At Er-riha (Jericho) there is a
        large, venerable looking square tower, which goes by the
        traditional name of the House of Zacchaeus.
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Zacchaeus' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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