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Several different etymologies have been suggested for the word "zuz":
A corruption of the Greek Zeus, who was the deity portrayed on the reverse of every drachm and tetradrachm (four drachma) of the Seleucidperiod.
In Hebrew, the word "zuz" means "move", or "to move", so it was called "zuzzim" to show that it was constantly moving around, usually referring to the fact that Jews must give charity, or referring to the nature of money that it moves from one person to another, alternating who is wealthy.
Related to a root (not occurring in the Hebrew Bible) meaning "shining" or "glittering".
According to Stephen Kaufman, z?zu is of Akkadian origin. American Heritage Dictionary also states: "from Akkadian z?ze, half, division, unit of weight, from zâzu, to divide".
The Zuz is mentioned in the Passover Haggadah in the Passover songChad gadya, chad gadya (One little goat, one little goat); in which the lyric of dizabin abba bitrei zuzei (Which Father bought for two zuzim (half shekel) repeats at the end of every stanza. It may be significant that two zuzim equal the half-shekel tax required of every adult male Israelite in Exodus 30:13.
^Marcus Jastrow, A Dictionary of the Targumim. the Talmud, and the Midrashic Literature (1903, 2nd ed. 1926, NY) page 385, s.v. (II); Alexander Harkavy, Students' Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary to the Old Testament (1914, NY, Hebrew Publ'g Co,) page 134, s.v. .
^The Targum Jonathan, the Aramaic paraphrase of First Samuel 9:8, translates the "quarter-shekel" in the original Hebrew into "zuz", making one zuz equal to one-fourth of a Temple shekel (not a "common shekel"- of which a zuz represented one-half, according to some Talmudic mentions), and two zuzim equal to half of a Temple shekel.