1. Exposition

What was the total value of the silver and gold sent to Jerusalem?

Ezra 8:26–27 (ESV)

26 I weighed out into their hand 650 talents of silver, and silver vessels worth 200 talents, and 100 talents of gold,

Converting from talents into modern measurements, there was around 22,000 kg of silver, 3,400 kg of silver articles, 3,400 kg of gold, 8.5 kg of golden bowls along with articles of polished bronze. This would make a total combined weight of 29,000 kg. These numbers appear to be excessive, the value of silver and gold being equivalent to the annual income of between 100,000 and 500,000 men.1 As a result, some commentators suggest that the original text refers to minas rather than talents, which would reduce the total weight of silver and gold to 483kg.2