Where Did Jesus and the Disciples Get Their Money?

Many people often wonder where Jesus and the disciples got their money from. The Bible does not give a clear answer to this question, but we can make some educated guesses based on the information available.

Jesus and Money

Jesus was known for his simple lifestyle and teachings about living a life without material possessions. He often spoke about the dangers of wealth and how it can distract people from spiritual matters. Therefore, it is unlikely that Jesus had much money himself.

However, there are instances in the Bible where Jesus receives money from others. For example, in Matthew 17:24-27, Peter catches a fish with a coin in its mouth, which he gives to Jesus to pay the temple tax. In Luke 8:1-3, it is mentioned that several women provided financial support for Jesus and his disciples out of their own resources.

The Disciples and Money

The disciples were mostly fishermen before they met Jesus. It is possible that they continued to fish part-time even while following Jesus. In fact, in John 21:1-14, after the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples go fishing and catch a large number of fish.

It is also likely that some of the disciples had savings or received financial support from family members or friends. In Luke 8:1-3, it is mentioned that Joanna, wife of Chuza (Herod’s household manager), Susanna, and many others provided for them out of their own resources.


In conclusion, while we do not have concrete information about where exactly Jesus and his disciples got their money from, it is clear that they did not rely solely on material possessions or wealth for their livelihoods. They placed great value on simplicity and spiritual matters over worldly concerns such as money.

  • Jesus did occasionally receive money from others who supported him
  • The disciples were mostly fishermen and may have continued to work part-time while following Jesus
  • Some of the disciples may have had personal savings or received financial support from others

It is important to note that the lack of focus on material possessions and wealth is a key aspect of Jesus’ teachings. Christians today are encouraged to live a life of simplicity and generosity towards others, rather than being consumed by material gain.