Over on Laudator Temporis Acti Michael Gilleland blogs on parallels to the Widow's Mite in ancient literature. He hasn't activated comments on his blog, so I'll just leave a point here for him to find. In addition to the sort of general parallels Gilleland has pointed out, Vespasian ordered that the two copper coins be paid to the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus in Rome after the revolt of 70. Could the writer of Mark be satirizing that order?
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