Louw & Nida confidently tell me this is a box:John 13:29 wrote:τινὲς γὰρ ἐδόκουν, ἐπεὶ τὸ γλωσσόκομον εἶχεν Ἰούδας, ὅτι λέγει αὐτῷ [ὁ] Ἰησοῦς, Ἀγόρασον ὧν χρείαν ἔχομεν εἰς τὴν ἑορτήν, ἢ τοῖς πτωχοῖς ἵνα τι δῷ.
The UBS Translator's Handbook tells me it is a bag:Louw & Nida wrote:γλωσσόκομον: a box in which money was kept
BDAG suggests "money-box, purse," allowing for both possibilities.UBS Translator's Handbook wrote:Money bag is the same word used in 12.6. It is not necessary to introduce in translation such a phrase as money bag, since “to be in charge of the money bag” was simply a way of indicating that Judas handled the joint funds of the group. A literal translation of “in charge of the money bag” may suggest that the disciples were rich.
Do we know if this was a box or some kind of bag?