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Biblical Units and Measurements

Biblical Units and Measurements

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Talmudic into modern-day measurements – making sense out of what those rabbis were talking about

Talmudic Measure
Modern equivalent
Equivalent to
Also equivalent
Familiar equivalent
Thumb-breadth 2cm Cherry
Handbreadth 8cm 4 thumb-breadths Credit Card
Handspan 24cm 3 handbreadths 12 thumb-breadths 11 Piano Keys
Cubit 48cm 2 handspans 6 handbreadths Ruler
 4 Cubits 192cm 75 inches 6.25 feet bed or grizzly bear
Dry Measures
Chomer 220 litres 200 dry quarts Coleman chest
Eipha 22 litres 20 dry quarts Backpack
Omer 2.2 litres 2 dry quarts Large matzo meal canister (almost) 
Kav 1.2 litres 1.1 dry quarts Quart of fruit
Liquid Measures
Cor 220 litres 55 US gallons 30 se’as 55 gallon drum
Bath 22 litres 5 US gallons Potable water jug
Se’a 7.3 litres 1.9 US gallons Stock Pot
Log 0.31 litres 310 millilitres 1/12 of a hin Drinking glass

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Talmud incidences of measure (a visual concordance)

Talmud measure
Daf reference
Approximate equivalent
Pictorial reference
4 x 4 handbreadths Shabbat 4, 76, 79 32 x 32cm/12.6” Chess board
10 handbreadths Shabbat 4, 21 80cm/31.5” Long shoehorn
Multiples of Log Shabbat 76, 77, 78, 79, 82 310 millilitres/10.5 fl oz Drinking Glass
Kav of dough Shabbat 15 1.22L/1.1 dry quart Flower pot
1 handbreadth Shabbat 22, 54, 85 8cm/3.1” Credit card
4 cubits Shabbat 5, 52, 53, 57, 61, 62, 73, 82 192cm/6.25’ (feet) Bed or Grizzly Bear
20 cubits Shabbat 22 960cm/31.5’ (feet) Powerboat
Multiples of cor Shabbat 435 220L/200 dry quarts Coleman cooler
se’a Shabbat 59 7.3L/1.9 gallons Stock Pot
40 se’as Shabbat 35, 44, 46, 84 288L/76 gallons Hot water heater (tank)
1 mil Shabbat 34, 88 960m/0.6 mile Free suspension part of Sutong Bridge