Matthew 17

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Matthew 17
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Apostle Peter paying the temple tax with coin from the fish's mouth by Augustin Tünger, 1486.
Book Gospel of Matthew
Bible part New Testament
Order in the Bible part 1
Category Gospel

Matthew 17 is the seventeenth chapter in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament section of the Christian Bible. Jesus continues his final journey to Jerusalem ministering through Perea.


The chapter opens six days after the events of the previous chapter, which take place in Caesarea Philippi, near the southwestern base of Mount Hermon. Matthew in verse 16:21 states that Jesus must go to Jerusalem, and the narrative takes forward this journey. With Peter, James and John, he goes to a high mountain, traditionally understood as Mount Tabor,[1] where he is transfigured.



The New King James Version organises this chapter as follows:

Coin in the fish's mouth

An Athenian tetradrachm from after 499 BCE.
Tilapia zilli ("St. Peter's fish") - served in a Tiberias restaurant.

The coin in the fish's mouth is one of the miracles of Jesus, told in the Gospel of Matthew 17:24-27.[2][3][4]

The four-drachma (or shekel) coin would be exactly enough to pay the temple tax (two-drachma coin) for two people.[5] It is usually thought to be a Tyrian shekel.[6][7]

The Bible does not specify the species of the fish caught by Peter, but Tilapia is sometimes referred to as "St. Peter's fish".

See also


  1. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia: Location of the Transfiguration, accessed 27 January 2017
  2. ^ Daniel J. Scholz 2009 Introducing the New Testament ISBN 0-88489-955-1 page 86
  3. ^ Steven L. Cox, Kendell H Easley, 2007 Harmony of the Gospels ISBN 0-8054-9444-8 page 349
  4. ^ Herbert Lockyer, All the Miracles of the Bible (Zondervan, 1988) page 219.
  5. ^ Keener, Craig S., 2009, The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, ISBN 0-8028-6498-8, page 445.
  6. ^ Hendin, David. "The coin in the fish's mouth". Coins Weekly. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  7. ^ Lewis, Peter E.; Bolden, Ron (2002). The Pocket Guide to Saint Paul: Coins Encountered by the Apostle on His Travels. Wakefield Press. p. 21. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
Preceded by
Matthew 16
Chapters of the New Testament
Gospel of Matthew
Succeeded by
Matthew 18
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