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How much was a shekel worth during Yeshua's time?

Discussion in 'Messianic Judaism' started by Zacharias, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. Zacharias

    Zacharias זכריה

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    Does anyone know how much was a shekel worth during Yeshua's time?
     
  2. Sephania

    Sephania Well-Known Member

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    According to my Oxford Dictionary of the bible a shekel is a measurement, more preciesly, a unit of weight. It equals about 2/5ths an ounce of 14.5 grams of silver. It says in Yeshua's time this was a silver coin of the same weight.

    Here is a cool site that gives much info about the return of the commanded half Shekel.

    http://israelvisit.co.il/beged-ivri/shekel.htm

    Here are some coins from Yeshua's time on earth

    http://www.biblepicturegallery.com/Pictures/PalestinianR.htm

    The word Shekel is a translation of the Hebrew word Shaqal which means "to weigh".

    Here is some more info on money used by the Jewish people in Ancient Israel http://www.abu.nb.ca/ecm/topics/custom6.htm
     
  3. Sephania

    Sephania Well-Known Member

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    The price of silver today has fallen since the spike in the 80's , today that amount is worth approximately $2.61. :)
     
  4. Sephania

    Sephania Well-Known Member

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    The thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas for his betrayal was the eqivelent then of an average mans pay for 4 months.
     
  5. Zacharias

    Zacharias זכריה

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    Thanks a lot! This is exactly what I was trying to figure out. :clap: Thanks!
     
  6. Sephania

    Sephania Well-Known Member

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    You are very welcome! :)
     
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