In Biblical times and in terms of common labor, what was a shekel worth?

In Biblical times, the shekel was a unit of measure used to determine the value of different commodities, including silver, gold, and other precious metals. It was also used as a form of currency, and its value varied depending on the time period and region.

The shekel was first mentioned in the Old Testament as a unit of weight, used to measure silver. It was also used as a form of payment for various services, such as the ransoming of captives, the purchase of goods, and the payment of taxes.

During the time of the Old Testament, the value of a shekel was roughly equivalent to 4 days of labor for a common laborer. In other words, the amount of work a person could do in 4 days was roughly equivalent to the value of one shekel.

Later, during the time of the New Testament, the value of the shekel changed again. In Judea, for example, the value of a shekel was equivalent to four denarii, which was the equivalent of a day's wages for a laborer.

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Jamie Larson