Special Sub-Topic: Old Testament Transactions
|The shekel, currently the monetary unit of Israel, was really a unit of weight in biblical times.|
t. In ancient times, the shekel was really more a unit of weight (the word litterally means "weight"). An example of how the shekel was used for something other than money can be found in the book of Samuel, where King David's son Absalom has his annual haircut and his hair weighs 200 shekels. Normally what was weighed in shekels was silver, to be delivered as an amount of money.
|What would be the price of a good burial plot in Kiryat Arba (Hebron)?|
400 shekels. Abraham paid 400 shekels for the cave of Machpelah, which had previously belonged to Ephron the Hittite.
|All transactions in Scripture mention an amount of money.|
f. In fact, quite a few famous trades did not involve a single piece of silver, gold or salt.
|What price was Esau willing to give for a bowl of "some of that red stuff"?|
His birthright. In fact, Esau got more than he bargained for. What his brother gave him that day was some of the "red stuff" - lental stew - and some bread.
|There is only one transaction in the Bible involving the k'sitah as a monetary unit. One hundred k'sitah were the price. Who bought what for that price?|
Jacob bought his family some land to settle around in Sh'chem.. The land that Jacob brought was used as Joseph's tomb. See the last chapter of Joshua for details.
|There are laws in the book of Deuteronomy regarding "Yibbum". What is this ritual?|
The marriage of a woman to her late husbands brother or closest relative, should she not have children.. Refusal to go through the Yibbum process would bring shame to the families involved. The ritual is no longer practiced in modern day Israel.
|The second oldest profession in the world was the spy. And there was in the Bible at least one mention of a price paid for information about a particular enemy. The price for the information was 1,100 silver shekels. What was the information sold?|
Delilah sold the secrets of Samson's strength. Delilah worked very hard to get the information. As for the other three, well, Yoav never gave away any secrets to the Amonites. Rahab did not want any money from the spies, but asked rather that they spare her life and her family. And Hezekiah gave a Babylonian minister a free grand tour of the Temple.
|How much is a slave worth according to the laws in Exodus?|
30 silver shekels. If a bull kills a slave, the bull's owner must give 30 shekels to the slave's employer, and the bull is to be stoned.
|How much is a free 20-60-year-old man worth, according to the final chapters of Leviticus?|
50 shekels. Once he reaches his 60th birthday, though, he is worth 20 shekels. But who are we mortal humans to put a price on human life?
|One 17-year-old boy was sold into slavery by his brothers. He lived to tell them that he did not hold a grudge. But how much did they sell him for?|
20 silver shekels. One song from the Passover seder describes a goat bought for the price of 2 zuzim. This was suggested (in legend) to be an allusion to the story of Joseph, who was sold for 20 shekels, hence that option as a wrong answer. Incidentally, Leviticus mentions the worth of a man between 5 and 20 years old being 20 shekels.
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