Precious Metals of the Bible

Precious Metals are referenced throughout the Bible and used in various contexts throughout biblical history. Whether used for trade, currency or to construct buildings, Precious Metals played an important role in the biblical period. Silver and Gold are mentioned more often than other Precious Metals, but metals like Copper have played their role as well.

The earliest mention of Gold was found in Genesis, referring to Havilah, a land rich in Gold and onyx. Gold's value was high in biblical times because of its rarity and shimmering beauty, much like today. It was so lightweight that transporting it was a simple task and it was easily used as trade sources. Silver was also used in several instances throughout biblical history for trade and jewelry.

Ancient Israelite and Egyptian rulers had large stores of Silver and Gold. Wealth in Precious Metals was a sign of political and economic stability and a statement of power, both spiritually and physically. The use of Gold and Silver became much more explicit in the use of Precious Metals in the creation of important historical works of architecture like the Ark of the Covenant and the Temple of Solomon.

Other uses of Gold and Silver in the biblical era:

  • The Tabernacle, constructed by Moses, utilized Gold and Silver for use as sheets and overlays.
  • King Nebuchadnezzar, popularly known as the king during the time of Daniel in the Lion's Den, created a golden image of his liking that stood 60 cubits high and 6 cubits wide, approximately 90 feet high and 9 feet wide. It was a sign of showing his wealth as king ruling over his people.
  • One famous story from The Last Supper is that of Judas, the man behind the ultimate betrayal of Jesus, sold out for 30 pieces of Silver.

In today's time, the use of Gold and Silver is every bit as important as it was in the days of Moses and Abraham. Even though we are out of the biblical era, we can relive some of the memories and events in the Bible through Bible coins and other commemorative pieces.

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