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Treasure Hiding Underground


In the parable of the talents, the one who received only one talent “dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money” (Mt 25:18). In Jesus’ time, since there was no banking system, people would often bury their valuable items, like coins and jewelry, underground. During war, they frequently did this. Archeologists have found ceramic pots and jars under the floors of houses or fields hidden by people of old, which contained valuable items. The sealing of the ceramic pots made them tough and impermeable to protect the contents from vermin. The one who buried the jar was the only one who knew the secret spot and would dig it up when needed. Based on such practice, Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Mt 13:44).


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