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The most common Old Testament measure of weight. Equaled approximately 8 grams (1/3 of an ounce). For further information, see this article: Weights and Measures.
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silver (Heb. keseph), a pale, precious metal capable of being hammered or drawn out thin, known to people in the Near East as early as 3000 bce.Silver mining and metallurgy were known and practiced by craft workers at Ebla (Tell Mardikh in Syria). Some Ebla texts show the value of cattle in silver and
shekel (shek´uhl).1 A standard unit of weight, approximately 14.5 grams of silver. See also weights and measures.2 In nt times, a common silver coin weighing a shekel (1 Macc. 10:40, 42). It was struck by Jewish authorities and equal to about four denarii (which is to say its value was about four times
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
SilverA precious metal having multiple uses. In biblical times silver (Heb. kesep̱; Gk. árgyros) was used for money (Gen. 23:15–16; Matt. 26:15; Acts 3:6), jewelry (Exod. 3:22), a variety of utensils such as cups, dishes, and bowls (Gen. 44:2; Num. 7:13; 2 Tim. 2:20), idols (Exod. 20:23; Acts 17:29;
Shekel (Heb. šeqel)The standard unit of weight in the OT. Its name is derived from a Semitic root meaning “to weigh.” Although it varied significantly, the average weight of an Israelite shekel seems to have been just over 11.4 gm. (.4 oz.). With the large-scale introduction of standard coinage into
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Shekel [shĕkˊəl] (Heb. šeqel). A unit of both weight and money. Until the beginning of the minting of money in the seventh century B.C., metals used as mediums of exchange were weighed. The numerous Old Testament references to shekels are to a unit of weight generally equivalent to about 11.4 g.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
SILVER A precious metal that was more common and less valuable than gold and was used for currency (Gen 20:16; Matt 25:18, 28:12; Mark 14:11; Luke 22:5). Silver was also used for making trumpets (Num 10:2), plates and bowls (Num 7:13), cups (Gen 44:2), and utensils. Israelites were forbidden to use silver
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Silver. In very early times silver was used for ornaments, Gen. 24:53, and for vessels of various kinds. Images for idolatrous worship were made of silver or overlaid with it, Ex. 20:23; Hos. 13:2; Hab. 2:19; Bar. 6:39, and the manufacture of silver shrines for Diana was a trade in Ephesus. Acts 19:24.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Silver—used for a great variety of purposes, as may be judged from the frequent references to it in Scripture. It first appears in commerce in Gen. 13:2; 23:15, 16. It was largely employed for making vessels for the sanctuary in the wilderness (Ex. 26:19; 27:17; Num. 7:13, 19; 10:2). There is no record
Silverling—(Isa. 7:23). Literally the words are “at a thousand of silver”, i.e., “pieces of silver,” or shekels.
Shekel—weight, the common standard both of weight and value among the Hebrews. It is estimated at 220 English grains, or a little more than half an ounce avoirdupois. The “shekel of the sanctuary” (Ex. 30:13; Num. 3:47) was equal to twenty gerahs (Ezek. 45:12). There were shekels of gold (1 Chr. 21:25),
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Silversilver (Heb. kesep), a pale, precious metal capable of being hammered or drawn out thin, known to people of Bible lands as early as 3000 b.c.Silver mining and metallurgy were known and practiced by craftsmen at Ebla (Tell Mardikh in Syria). Some Ebla texts show the value of cattle in silver,
Shekelshekel (shekʹuhl), in ot times a standard unit of weight, approximately 14.5 grams of silver; in intertestamental and nt times, a common silver coin of the same weight, struck by Jewish authorities. In Matt. 17:27, the rsv translates Gk. statēr as ‘shekel.’ See also Money; Weights and Measures.