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Talent

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The talent was the heaviest weight used in Israel in Bible times. It weighed approximately 50 kilogram (110 pounds), was equal to 3,000 shekels, and was used mainly in weighing metals (Exodus 38:27). Large quantities of money were usually weighed in talents, smaller quantities in shekels (1 Kings 10:10; 2 Kings 15:19; 2 Kings 18:14).

Silver was the metal most commonly used for money. Unless otherwise stated, a talent, when used as a monetary unit, meant a talent of silver (1 Kings 16:24; Ezra 8:25-27; Matthew 18:23-24; Matthew 25:14-16). (See also COINS; WEIGHTS.)

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Talent'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/bbd/t/talent.html. 2004.

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