How much is a "shekel" of silver, and how much is fifty shekels of silver that is supposed to be given to the father of the damsel.
I find it weird the next verse, "A man shall not take his father's wife (mother maybe?), nor discover his father's skirt. (maybe his father is a closet transvestite?) They must have had some world back then.
Coinage was not invented until the 6th century BCE in what is now Turkey, and even the "critical scholars" (i.e., the ones we tend to agree with) believe that part of the Bible originates from somewhere around 750 BC (with some further editing being done a bit later). Thus there really wasn't any "money" back then as we understand it today. (Early iron age goat herders.) A shekel was a unit of weight at the time (as was a talent), and I usually see something like 11.5 grams as today's equivalent (though sometimes I see 14 and 17 as well).
(Coinage originated as pieces of metal pre-stamped with their weight, so they wouldn't have to be tiresomely weighed every time one used them. Thus it was common for a coin or other unit of money to be named after a unit of weight. In fact, the "pound sterling" was originally a troy pound of sterling (0.925) silver; that works out to 345+ grams of silver if I didn't just bodge my arithmetic (31.1035 g/ozt * 12 ozt/lbt * 0.925), and it appears that ancient Judea did in fact use shekel coins eventually, certainly it did during the revolt in 68 CE since I just now looked at a picture of one. Of course the modern state of Israel adopted "shekel" as the name of their currency in 1980 (replacing the lira), but it then got inflated to ridiculousness and replaced by the "new shekel." )
Figuring the silver probably wasn't refined all that purely back then, let's figure 11.5 grams of "silver" back then actually had 11 grams of actual silver in it. (See again, under early iron age goat herders.) Silver (99.9% pure) today bounces around between 28-32 dollars a troy ounce (right this instant I am seeing $30.47/ozt); a troy ounce is 31.1035 grams. So for a simple back of the envelope calculation (appropriate because I have already done two approximations), figure silver is a US dollar a gram, and a biblical shekel is therefore 11 dollars.
The hot virgin will therefore cost you 550 dollars. Of course a lot of numbers that went into this are imprecise and as I said the price of silver bounces around a lot, so it may be appropriate to round it to five benjamins. If I am pessimistic about the metallurgy back then, and the silver is purer, six benjamins might be a better figure.
Using the 17 grams figure and the other approximations above (including purity of 11/11.5), I get 813 bucks. So that gives you a price range of one hot virgin between 500-800 dollars.
As a complete aside, there's no remedy if the hottie is no longer a virgin; you aren't even allowed to think about her while masturbating because you can't masturbate.
if christians said the truth about the bible, there would be none left
One of my Mormon facebook friends posted a message that said something similar to, "Make a list of all of your favorites Bible verses and let's compare lists,"
I cut-and-pasted a couple pages of rape stories, infanticide, genocide, slavery, murder, and dismemberment.
One lady was _extremely_ upset and told me that what I posted was "pornographic and of the devil".
Everyone should accept a free bible when offered...it's packs well on a camping trip and when I leave a few pages in the forest after the call of nature, I can say I'm spreading doG's word. :D
RE: "Rape any hot virgin and get a wife!" - Unless your name happens to be Schechem --(Gen 34:26)
Very few Christians even KNOW the truth about the Bible.
Question about the bilboard: what if she's just average, or ugly, even?
Question for the scripture: you don't get married if your rape is not discovered?
Questions for ancient Jewish culture: how are female rapists rewarded? Do they have to marry their victim...how about if she promises not to put him away all her days? do she pay his mother or the father? How many shekels is a man and his virginity worth?
Join Think Atheist
Welcome toThink Atheist
Get Started Nowor Sign In
Or sign in with:
Sunday School September 14th 2014
Sunday School 7th September 2014
Sunday School 31th August 2014
Started by Unseen in Politics. Last reply by Ed 1 minute ago.
Started by Unseen in Small Talk. Last reply by Ed 15 minutes ago.
Started by Davis Goodman in Small Talk. Last reply by Gallup's Mirror 1 hour ago.
Started by Unseen in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Psychology. Last reply by Christopher Hollis 3 hours ago.
Started by K_R in Atheist Parenting. Last reply by Unseen 6 hours ago.
August 12, 2014 at 6am to October 12, 2014 at 7pm – Your house on TV
Posted by Belle Rose on September 20, 2014 at 2:42am
Posted by _Robert_ on September 16, 2014 at 8:53pm
We are in love with our Amazon
Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!
Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com
In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media
© 2014 Created by umar.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.