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# How much is 10000 talents worth?

Updated: 8/22/2023

Wiki User

15y ago

10,000 talents is worth about 150,000 year's wages.

Here's the calculation:

1 talent = 60 minas

1 mina = 3 month's wages

1 talent = 60 x (3 months' wages) = 180 months' wages

1 talent = 180 months' wages / 12 months in a year = 15 years' wages

1 talent = 15 years' wages

10,000 talents = 150,000 years' wages.

So if a yearly wage is \$15,000 (about 40hrs/week at CA min wage (\$8/hr)

150,000 year's wages = 2,250,000,000

(Two Billion, Two Hundred Fifty Million dollars US)

sources:

Weights and Measures Table in NIV study bible

Footnote of NIV Bible Luke 19:13

Wiki User

15y ago

revclaudiolopes

Lvl 1
2y ago
By the context, we can see it was talent of gold. Jesus is highlighting the overflowing grace of God. We can see that He just used the same literary artifice in Matthew 18.8-9.

Wiki User

13y ago

In the first century, ten thousand talents would have been an unimaginably large sum. We could have a team of economists attempt to estimate the equivalent value in today's money after adjustment for inflation and living standards, but they would probably not reach agreement. It was probably not more than a trillion dollars.

In the parable of the unjust steward recorded in Matthew's Gospel (18:23-24), Matthew must have known his audience would see the ten thousand talent debt which the king cancelled as pure rhetoric.

Saoirse Maher

Lvl 4
2y ago

In the first century, ten thousand talents would have been an unimaginably large sum. We could have a team of economists attempt to estimate the equivalent value

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Wiki User

7y ago

Jewish answer: It depends on whether it's a talent of gold, a talent of silver, or any other metal. There are talents of gold, silver, copper (Exodus ch.38), and other metals.

Anonymous

Lvl 1
4y ago

1 milljon