shekel

shekel (Shek´uhl)

In OT times a standard unit of weight, approximately 14.5 grams of silver; in NT times, a “shekel” was a common silver coin of the same weight, struck by Jewish authorities and equal to about four denarii (which is to say its value was about four times a typical day’s wages). It was the equivalent of a Greek stater (Matt 17:27), though the NRSV avoids the use of both “shekel” and “stater.”

Matt 17:27

27However, so that we do not give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find ... View more

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