Pieces

Pieces -

(1) of silver. In Ps. 68:30 denotes "fragments," and not properly money. In 1 Sam. 2:36 (Hebrew: agorah), properly a "small sum" as wages, weighed rather than coined. Josh. 24:32 (Hebrew: kesitah, q.v.), supposed by some to have been a piece of money bearing the figure of a lamb, but rather simply a certain amount. (Comp. Gen. 33:19).

(2.) The word pieces is omitted in many passages, as Gen. 20:16; 37:28; 45:22, etc. The passage in Zech. 11:12, 13 is quoted in the Gospel (Matt. 26:15), and from this we know that the word to be supplied is "shekels." In all these omissions we may thus warrantably supply this word.

(3.) The "piece of money" mentioned in Matt. 17:27 is a stater=a Hebrew shekel, or four Greek drachmae; and that in Luke 15:8, 9, Act 19:19, a Greek drachma=a denarius. (See PENNY .)

Previous topic: Pi-beseth

Next topic: Piety

Return to Bible Dictionary Main Index

Additional essential Bible study tools:

Young's Analytical
Concordance to the Bible

The New Strong's
Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible

Where to Find it in the Bible