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This is an article from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897. This article is written from a nineteenth century Christian viewpoint, and may not reflect modern opinions or recent discoveries in Biblical scholarship. Please help the Wikipedia by bringing this article up to date.

Weights - Reduced to English troy-weight, the Hebrew weights were:

  1. Gerah[?] (Lev. 27:25; Num. 3:47), a Hebrew word, meaning a grain or kernel, and hence a small weight. It was the twentieth part of a shekel, and equal to 12 grains.
  2. Bekah[?] (Ex. 38:26), meaning "a half" i.e., "half a shekel," equal to 5 pennyweight.
  3. Shekel, "a weight," only in the Old Testament, and frequently in its original form (Gen. 23:15, 16; Ex. 21:32; 30:13, 15; 38:24-29, etc.). It was equal to 10 pennyweight.
  4. Ma'neh[?], "a part" or "portion" (Ezek. 45:12), equal to 60 shekels, i.e., to 2 lbs. 6 oz.
  5. Talent[?] of silver (2 Kings 5:22), equal to 3,000 shekels, i.e., 125 lbs.
  6. Talent[?] of gold (Ex. 25:39), double the preceding, i.e., 250 lbs.

From Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)



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