A hard-dealing merchant who makes money hand over fist. His elderly wife Salome is a more impressive character, however.
‘And old stuff-pocket Zebedee filled his own jars and barrels for the year with the commission he took for use of the press.’
Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 165