Banking institutions did not exist in Israel for safeguarding people's money or possessions or granting credit, but money could be deposited in the Temple treasuries (2 Macc. 3: 10 ff.). It was contrary to the law to exact interest on money lent to a fellow Israelite (Exod. 22: 25), though seemingly the practice was common in the time of Jesus (Luke 19: 11–27). See also usury.