MAMMON , a word of Aramaic origin meaning " riches." Theetymology is doubtful; connexions with a word meaning " en-trusted," or with the
See also:Hebrew matmon, treasure, have been suggested . "Mammon," Gr . µaµwvas (see
See also:Professor Eb . Nestle in Ency . Bib. s.v.), occurs in the
See also:Sermon on the
See also:Mount (Matt . Vi . 24) and the parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke xvi . 9-13) . The Authorized Version keeps the
See also:Syriac word . Wycliffe uses " richessis." The New
See also:Dictionary quotes Piers Plowman as containing the earliest personification of the name . Nicholaus de
See also:Lyra (commenting on the passage in Luke) says that Mammon est nomen daemonis . There is no trace, however, of any Syriac
See also:god of such a name, and the
See also:identification of the name with a god of covetousness or avarice is chiefly due to Milton (
See also:Paradise Lost, i .
Mammon is only mentioned in the Bible by Jesus. And, the only god, or Mammon, which Jesus could have been referring to was Caesar, since Caesar's money inscription claimed he was a god. And so, it was after his sermon on the mount that Jesus was tested about paying taxes to Caesar.
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