Bible Names A-G: Gerah
Gerah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
a bean, probably of the carob tree, the smallest weight, and
also the smallest piece of money, among the Hebrews,
the twentieth part of a shekel (Ex. 30:13; Lev. 27:25;
3:47). This word came into use in the same way as our
"grain," from a grain of wheat.
Gerah in Naves Topical Bible
-A weight equal to thirteen and seven-tenths grains, Paris
-Also a coin equivalent to about three cents American money
three half-pence English money
Ex 30:13; Le 27:25; Nu 3:47
Gerah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
[WEIGHTS AND MEASURES]
Gerah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ge'-ra (gerah, "grain" or "kernel"): A weight, the 20th part
of a shekel (Ex 30:13; Lev 27:25; Nu 3:47; 18:16; Ezek 45:12).
See WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.
Gerah in Wikipedia
A gerah Hebrew "גרה" is an ancient Hebrew unit of weight and
currency. One gerah is one-twentieth of a shekel. A shekel
being 180 barleycorns or 60 carob divided by 20 = 3 carob.
This is 0.568 grams.
A gerah is in Aramaic a ma'ah "מעה" (pl. ma'ot "מעות" which
means "money"). It was originally a fifth of a Denarius/Zuz as
seen in Exodus ("20 gerah is a shekel"), then became a sixth
of a denar/Zuz, such as the Yehud coins which came in two
denominations, approximately .58 gram as a ma'ah and
approximately .29 gram as a half ma'ah (chatzi ma'ah), and
(.58 X 6 = 3.48) which is about the weight of a Zuz/Denarius
based on a 14 gram Shekel.
The Jerusalem Talmud Shekalim in the Mishnah, debates if a
"kalbon" which was added when giving annually a half shekel to
the Temple in Jerusalem, if it was a "ma'ah" or a "chatzi
ma'ah" (half ma'ah).
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