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Bible Weights and Measures

Measures of Length

Rod

(Reed)
Pace
Cubit
Span
Hand
breadth
Finger
Rod 
(Reed)
9 ft.
(Ezek. 10.5 ft)
Pace
3 paces
3 ft.
Cubit
6 cubits
2 cubits
1.5 ft
(Ezek. 18 in.)
Span
21 spans
4 spans
2 spans
9 in.
Hand-
breadth
36 hand-
breadths
12 hand-
breadths
6 hand-
breadths
3 hand-
breadth
3 in.
Finger
144 fingers
48 fingers
24 fingers
12 fingers
4 fingers
0.75 in.
A day's journey - 20 mi.; a sabbath day's journey - 3,637 ft.; 
some distance (a little way) - 5 mi.; mile (Roman) - 4,854 ft.; 
stadion (furlong) - 606 ft.; fathom - 6 ft.



 

Monies and Weights

All values are approximate and are based upon a standard of $400 per troy ounce of gold and $5 per troy ounce of silver.
Talent
Mina
Shekel
Gerah
Talent
91 lb. (troy)
silver $5,460
gold $436,8000
Mina
60 minas
18.2 oz. (troy)
silver $91
gold $7,280
Shekel
3,000 shekels
50 shekels
0.364 oz. (troy)
silver $1.82
gold $145
Gerah
60,000 gerahs
1,000 gerahs
20 gerahs
0.0182 oz. (troy)
silver $0.09
gold $7.28
Drachma - 0.27 oz. (troy) gold $108; Bekah - 0.182 oz. (troy) silver $0.91
Conversion to current value - divide 400 and 5 respectively into the current values of gold and silver. Multiply these factors with the corresponding values found in this chart in the text.

The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources

Feb 10,2009