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# How much is 10000 talents worth?

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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.
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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
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