Q&A: Bible Weights and Measures

Bible Weights and Measures

Question

Do you have a chart of the Bible weight and measures?

Answer

Thanks for your question. Here is a small chart which should offer some assistance on biblical weights and measures.

Biblical Unit
App. U.S. Equiv.
App. Metric Equiv.
Weights
Talent (60 minas) 75 lbs. 44 kg.
Mina (50 shekels) 1.25 lbs. 0.6 kg.
Shekel (2 bekas) 2/5 oz. 11.5 gr.
Pim (2/3 shekel) 1/3 oz. 7.6 gr.
Beka (10 gerahs) 1/5 oz. 5.5 gr.
Gerah 1/50 oz. 0.6 gr.
Length
Cubit 18 in. 0.5 m.
Span 9 in. 23 cm.
Handbreadth 3 in. 8 cm.
Capacity (Dry)
Cor [homer] (10 ephahs) 6 bu. 220 l.
Lethek (5 ephahs) 3 bu. 110 l.
Ephah (10 omers) 3/5 bu. 22 l.
Seah (1/3 ephah) 7 qts. 7.3 l.
Omer (1/10 empah) 2 qts. 2 l.
Cab (1/18 ephah) 1 qt. 1 l.
Capacity (Liquid)
Bath (1 ephah) 6 gal. 22 l.
Hin (1/6 bath) 4 qts. 4 l.
Log (1/72 bath) 1/3 qt. 0.3 l.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).