Monday, January 10, 2011

Q&A - How much gold was in the Tabernacle ?

Exodus 38:24-31 provides exact sum of the precious metals that were initially donated by the Israelites to construct the Tabernacle. The totals are as follows:

  1. Gold - 29 Talents and 730 Sanctuary Silver Shekels.
  2. Silver - 100 Talents and 1775 Sanctuary Silver Shekels.
  3. Copper - 70 Talents and 2400 Sanctuary Silver Shekels.
To have some fun, I would like also to calculate the cost of these metals as of today (01/10/2011). In order to do this, we would need to convert all totals into the Sanctuary Silver Shekels, and then calculate the cost based on the approximate Silver Shekel Weight.

There were 3000 Silver Shekels of the Sanctuary in 1 Talent, approximate weight of 1 Silver Shekel of the Sanctuary will be assumed to be 11g(0.011kg). Therefore, we have
  1. Gold - 87000+730 = 87730 Silver Shekels * 0.011kg =  965.03kg.
  2. Silver - 300000+1775 = 301775 Silver Shekels * 0.011kg = 3319.525kg.
  3. Copper - 210000+2400 = 212400 Silver Shekels * 0.011kg = 2336.4kg.
Based on the current prices of these metals as of (03/03/2017) Total value of these metals were as follows:

  1. Gold     - $39,538.99 per kg * 965.03kg = $38157276.5497 USD
  2. Silver    - $573.70 per kg * 3319.525kg =  $1904411.4925 USD
  3. Copper - $6 per kg * 2336.4 kg =  $14018.4 USD
This would put Total value of all three precious metals at 40075706.4422 USD, or 40 Million USD.

I used this and this web sites to calculate values.

You can also check out this blog, where author does similar calculations but in pounds, and arrives to similar numbers (although slightly higher).

Unfortunately, since no one really knows how to determine the proper weight of the Silver Shekel of the Sanctuary, as of now it is impossible to precisely calculate the weight and value of the metals employed in the construction of the Tabernacle.

PLEASE NOTE: That it would take only ($40mil / 14mil Jews = $2.85USD or ~$3 per person to rebuild the Tabernacle, if all 14 million Jews living today would pitch in! The only thing that separates us from God's presence on Earth is our desire to rebuild the structure. So think about it!!!


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