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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Firkin
Firkin. Measure of about 10 gallons. In John 2:6, firkin is the kjv translation for the name of a Greek liquid measure. The rsv converts the amount to gallons.See Weights and Measures.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gallon
Gallon The AV “two or three firkins” (Gk metrēté̄s) in Jn. 2:6 is rendered in the RSV and NEB “twenty to thirty gallons,” an approximate equivalent. See Firkin.
Firkin
Firkin fûr̀kin The AV translation of Gk. metrētḗs, stone jars used for the Jewish rites of purification. The British firkin was one-fourth of a barrel. See Gallon; Weights and Measures.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Firkin
FIRKIN* Measure of about 10 gallons (37.9 liters). In John 2:6, firkin is the kjv translation for the name of a Greek liquid measure. See Weights and Measures.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Firkin
Firkin [fûrˊkĭn] (Gk. metrētḗs). A liquid measure (John 2:6, KJV), approximately equivalent to 38 1. (10 gal.; thus RSV, JB, NIV “twenty or thirty gallons”).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Firkin
FirkinUsed only in John 2:6; the Attic amphora, equivalent to the Hebrew bath (q.v.), a measure for liquids containing about 8 7/8 gallons.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Gallon
Gallongallon, a word appearing only in John 2:6, where the rsv converts a Greek term (translated ‘firkins’ in the kjv) into an approximate equivalent in gallons. The Greek term equals about nine gallons. See also Weights and Measures.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gallon
GALLON — a unit of liquid measure or capacity equal to 231 cubic inches or 3.785 liters (four quarts). Each of the six stone waterpots at the wedding in Cana of Galilee contained 20 to 30 gallons (John 2:6; two or three firkins apiece, KJV). Also see Weights and Measures.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FIRKIN
FIRKIN<fur’-kin> ([μετρητής, metretes]): The liquid measure used in Jn 2:6 to indicate the capacity of the water-pots mentioned in the narrative of the miracle of turning the water into wine. It is regarded as equivalent to the Hebrew bath, and thus contained about nine gallons.See WEIGHTS AND
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Firkin
Firʹkin, a measure for liquids, containing about eight and two-thirds gallons, mentioned only in John 2:6.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Firkin
FIRKIN (μετρητής, Jn 2:6 only).—An Attic liquid measure, which is generally regarded as the equivalent of the Hebrew bath (cf. LXX 2 Ch 4:5), and is therefore ‘able to contain seventy-two sextaries’ (Jos. Ant. viii. ii. 9), accurately 71, 28 pints, or approximately 9 English gallons. ‘Firkin’ (AV and
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gallon
GALLON Word used by modern translations to transfer Greek metretes into modern terminology. A metretes contained about nine gallons (cp. John 2:6; KJV reads “firkins”). See Weights and Measures.
Firkin
FIRKIN Unit of liquid measure (John 2:6). Firkin is an archaic English word that was used to translate a Greek term referring to a measure of approximately 10 gallons. See Weights and Measures.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Firkin
firkin. A unit of capacity (approx. 9 gallons). The term is used by the KJV once to render Greek metrētēs G2445 (Jn. 2:6). See weights and measures III.C.
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