November 23, 2019 | Interview: Peter Colón – Ancient Coins

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Interview: Peter Colón

In the 21st century we have the ability to know what is going on almost anywhere in the world, sometimes in a matter of seconds. But in ancient times, it wasn’t so easy. As empires would rise and fall, people in other lands would often find out by their own type of newspaper: coins! Just as today, ancient coins had faces on them but they weren’t of former leaders but new ones.  We welcome our own Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry church ministries representative, Peter Colón to the program this week to talk about the importance of ancient coins, especially three that were used during Bible times. 

Peter will give us background on three very important coins that are referenced in the Bible. When we learn more about the culture of the day in Bible times, this gives a deeper look into why certain things were said and referenced. If you would like to see the coins Peter references you can see them below, or you can visit to find out more.

Antiochus IV coin

Tribute penny/Tiberias coin

Judea Capta/Weeping coin

The Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology

By Dr. Randall Price

The Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology by Dr. Randall Price is a reference resource for anyone interested in archaeology and its relevance to biblical, theological, and apologetic studies. Illustrated with full-color photos, charts, and maps, this handbook provides readers with a wealth of information that complements and supplements the historical context of the Bible.


Apples of Gold: We Want to Know What You Believe

On the way home one evening Zvi was stopped by a group of men who started asking him questions. When Zvi asked who they were, they told him they were from an anti-missionary organization. Zvi invited them in his home the next evening and listened to their judgment on him. They called him their “public enemy” and said they knew Zvi hated them. Zvi explained he didn’t hate him! He wanted them to have eternal life. They asked him what he meant and Zvi was able to explain clearly to his enemies.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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