Monday, January 10, 2011

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

Exodus 38:24-31 provides the 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 Shekels.
  2. Silver - 100 Talents and 1775 Sanctuary Shekels.
  3. Copper - 70 Talents and 2400 Sanctuary Shekels.
To have some fun, I would like also to calculate the cost of these metals as of today (03/03/2017). In order to do this, we would need to convert all totals into the Sanctuary Shekels, and then calculate the cost based on the exact value of the Silver Shekel Weight.

There were 3000 Shekels of the Sanctuary in 1 Talent, the exact weight of 1 Shekel of the Sanctuary will be assumed to be 5g(0.005kg). Therefore, we have
  1. Gold - 87000+730 = 87730 Shekels * 0.005kg =  438.65kg.
  2. Silver - 300000+1775 = 301775 Shekels * 0.005kg = 1508.875kg.
  3. Copper - 210000+2400 = 212400 Shekels * 0.005kg = 1062kg.
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 * 438.65kg = $17343777.9635 USD
  2. Silver    - $573.70 per kg * 1508.875kg =  $865641.5875 USD
  3. Copper - $6 per kg * 1062 kg =  $6372 USD
This would put Total value of all three precious metals at 18215791.551 USD, or 18.21 Million USD.

I used this and this websites to calculate values.

PLEASE NOTE: That it would take only ($18.21 / 14mil Jews = $1.3USD or less than $2 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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