talanton: a balance, hence that which is weighed, i.e. a talent (about 3000 shekels in weight)Original Word: τάλαντον, ου, τόPart of Speech:
a talent of silver or goldDefinition:
a talent of silver or gold.
5007 tálanton – a silver talent, worth about 6,000 denarii (gold talents were worth about 30 times as much). A talent was not a coin but rather a weight (about 75 lbs, NIVSB) used as the basis of monetary exchange.
["A talent refers to a talent-weight of silver (the weight and the value being different in different countries and at different times). A common value of a talent was 6000 denarii" (Souter).]
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
from a prim. rootDefinition
a balance, hence that which is weighed, i.e. a talent (about 3000 shekels in weight, cf. NH3603)NASB Translation
talent (3), talents (11).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 5007: τάλαντοντάλαντον
1. the scale of a balance, a balance, a pair of scales (Homer).
2. that which is weighed, a talent, i. e.
a. a weight, varying in different places and times.
b. a sum of money weighing a talent and varying in different states and according to the changes in the laws regulating the currency; the Attic talent was equal to 60 Attic minae or 6,000 drachmae, and worth about 200 pounds sterling or 1,000 dollars (cf. Liddell and Scott, under the word, II. 2 b.). But in the N. T. probably the Syrian talent is referred to, which was equal to about 237 dollars (but see BB. DD., under the word ): Matthew 18:24; Matthew 25:15f ( Lachmann), . (The Sept. for כִּכָּר, Luth. Centner, the heaviest Hebrew weight; on which see Kneucker in Schenkel v., p. 460f; (BB. DD., under the word ).)<1>
Neuter of a presumed derivative of the original form of tlao (to bear; equivalent to phero); a balance (as supporting weights), i.e. (by implication) a certain weight (and thence a coin or rather sum of money) or "talent" -- talent.
see GREEK phero