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Matthew 17

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Book  Gospel of Matthew
Order in the Bible part  1
Bible part  New Testament
Category  Gospel
Matthew 17

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 New King James Version divides this chapter into the following sections:


  • Jesus Transfigured on the Mount (Matthew 17:1-13)
  • A Boy is Healed (Matthew 17:14-21)
  • Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection (Matthew 17:22-23)
  • Peter and His Master Pay Their Taxes (Matthew 17:24-27)
  • Location

    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, where he is transfigured.


  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Codex Vaticanus (AD 325-350; complete)
  • Codex Sinaiticus (330-360; no verse 21)
  • Codex Bezae (c. 400; complete)
  • Codex Washingtonianus (c. 400; complete)
  • Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (c. 450; extant: verses 1-25)
  • Codex Purpureus Rossanensis (6th century)
  • Codex Sinopensis (6th century; extant: verses 2-24)
  • Papyrus 44 (6th/7th century; extant: verses 1-3, 6-7)
  • This chapter is divided into 27 verses.
  • Coin in the fish's mouth

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

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

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


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