Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.


  1. of silver. In Ps. 68:30 denotes "fragments," and not properly money. In 1 Sam. 2:36 (Heb.agorah), properly a "small sum" as wages, weighed rather than coined. Josh. 24:32 (Heb.kesitah, q.v.), supposed by some to have been a piece of money bearing the figure of a lamb, but rather simply a certain amount. (Comp. Gen. 33:19).
  2. The word pieces is omitted in many passages, as Gen. 20:16, 37:28, 45:22, etc. The passage in Zech. 11:12,13 is quoted in the Gospel (Mt. 26:15), and from this we know that the word to be supplied is "shekels." In all these omissions we may thus warrantably supply this word.
  3. The "piece of money" mentioned in Mt. 17:27 is a stater=a Hebrew shekel, or four Greek drachmae; and that in Lk. 15:8,9, Act 19:19, a Greek drachma=a denarius.

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