|Book Gospel of Matthew|
Order in the Bible part 1
|Bible part New Testament|
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:
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.
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"