The American Dollar Being Taken As Equal To 4s. 2d

Jewish.

English.

American.

s.

d.

Dols.

Cents.

A gerah (Exod. XXX. 13)..................................................

=

0

0

1.36

=

0

2.73

10

gerahs

=

1

bekah (Exod. XXXVIII. 26)..................

=

0

1

1.68

=

0

27.37

2

bekahs

=

1

shekel (Exod. XXX. 13; Isa. vii. 23)..........................

=

0

2

3.37

=

0

54.74

50

shekels

=

1

maneh................................................

=

5

14

0.75

=

27

37.50

60

manehs

=

1

kikkar (talent)...........................

=

342

3

9

=

1,642

50

A gold shekel...........................................

=

1

16

6

=

8

76

A kikkar of gold.....................................

=

5,475

0

0

=

26,280

0

N.B. - A shekel would probably purchase nearly ten times as much as the same nominal amount will now. Remember that one Roman penny (8d.) was a good day's wages for a laborer.

The Hebrew maneh, according to 1 Kings x. 17, compared with 2 Chron. ix. 16, contained 100 shekels; though according to one interpretation of Ezek. xlv. 12, it contained 60, but more probably 50. The passage reads thus: - "Twenty shekels, five and twenty shekels fifteen shekels shall be your maneh." This is variously interpreted, (1) 20 + 25+15

= 60. (2) 20, 25, 15 are different coins in gold, silver, and copper, bearing the same name. It is well to remark the meaning of these names: Shekel = simply weight: Bekah = split, i.e., the shekel divided into two: Gerah = a grain, as in our weights, a grain and a barley-corn, the original standard weight: Maneh = appointed, equivalent to sterling, a specific sum: Kikkar = a round mass of metal, i.e., a weight or coin. Hebrew names of weights and coins are not found in the New Testament: mna in Luke xix. 13 is Greek, though possibly identical with the Hebrew maneh.