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Biblical weights and measures

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Conversions

Bible American/British Metric
Weight
talent 75 pounds 34 kilograms
mina 1 1/4 pounds 0.6 kilogram
shekel (2 bekas) 2/5 ounce 11.5 grams
pim (2/3 shekel) 1/3 ounce 7.6 grams
bekah (10 gerahs) 1/5 ounce 5.5 grams
gerah 1/50 ounce 0.6 gram
Dry Capacity
cor (homer) (10 ephahs) 6 bushels 220 liters
lethek (5 ephahs) 3 bushels 110 liters
ephah (10 omers) 3/5 bushel 22 liters
seah (1/3 ephah) 7 quarts 7.3 liters
omer (1/10 ephah) 2 quarts 2 liters
cab (1/18 ephah) 1 quart 1 liter
Liquid Capacity
bath (1 ephah) 6 gallons 22 liters
hin (1/6 bath) 4 quarts 4 liters
log (1/72 bath) 1/3 quart 0.3 liter
Length
cubit 18 inches 0.5 meter
span 9 inches 23 centimeters
handbreadth 3 inches 8 centimeters
measure varies varies
mile (Roman) 1,618 yards 1,479.4992 meters

Note: These conversions of weights and measures are based upon the best, conservative information available to us from ancient sources. It is not possible to be precise and some ancient measures definitely vary.