beka (h)

beka (h) (Bee´kuh)

A unit of weight averaging about 6.2 grams. (Exod 38:26) identifies it as half a shekel “by the shekel of the sanctuary” (NRSV). See also (Gen 24:22) and (Exod 30:13, Exod 30:15) for its use as gift and offering. (Matt 17:24) indicates the unit was used as the amount for the Temple tax.

Exod 38:26

26a beka a head (that is, half a shekel, measured by the sanctuary shekel), for everyone who was counted in the census, from twenty years old and upward, for si ... View more

Gen 24:22

22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels,

Exod 30:13

13This is what each one who is registered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as an ... View more

Exod 30:15

15The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when you bring this offering to the Lord to make atonement for your live ... View more

Matt 17:24

Jesus and the Temple Tax
24When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?”

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