Roman Emperors Repeal Law That Prohibits Jewish Elders From Collecting Taxes

Roman Emperors Repeal Law That Prohibits Jewish Elders From Collecting Taxes

Emperor Arcadius
Source: portableantiquities

Emperors Arcadius and Honorius repeal an earlier law which prohibits the Jewish patriarchs from collecting their own taxes.

This new decree says:

"We had previously ordered that money paid by the Jews to their patriarchs should not be contributed. Now We revoke this order in accordance with the legal privileges granted by the early Emperors.

It is Our will that all men know that the privilege of sending this contribution is hereby conceded to the Jews by Our Clemency." [CT 16.8.17]

Previously Jewish leaders couldn't impose any sort of tax on their people for the upkeep of synagogues or other buildings, but this will make it easier for them to maintain a healthy, stable community.

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