Tax Collectors

Some members of a Jewish group called the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus into criticizing the Roman authorities. They asked him whether it was right that they should pay taxes to the Romans. Jesus showed them the emperor's portrait on the coins and said that they should give

Jesus on the cross surrounded by Roman soldiers and the two Marxjs

GOD'S OWN SON

The Gospels describe how, when Jesus was baptized (p. 58), the Holy Spirit came down like a dove and God's voice was heard saying, "This is my own dear Son". This momentous event, shown here in a 5th-century mosaic from Ravenna in Italy, marks the beginning of Jesus' ministry.

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