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An extremely rare, minuscule biblical stone weight inscribed in ancient Hebrew script with the word “beka” was discovered in rubble taken from excavations at the foundations of the Western Wall.
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Only a handful of similar stone beka weights have been unearthed in Jerusalem.
The “beka,” a First Temple-period weight measure used by pilgrims paying their half-shekel tax before ascending to the Temple Mount, was recently discovered by a volunteer in the City of David’s wet sifting project in Jerusalem’s Emek Tzurim National Park.
The word “beka” appears twice in the Torah: first as the weight of gold in a nose ring given to matriarch Rebecca in the Book of Genesis, and later in the Book of Exodus as a weight for the donation brought by the Jewish people for the maintenance of the Temple and the census, as recorded in Exodus 38, Verse 26: “One beka per head; [that is,] half a shekel, according to the holy shekel, for each one who goes through the counting, from 20 years old and upward, for 603,550 [people].”
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More can be read here: https://www.timesofisrael.com/straight-from-the-bible-tiny-first-temple-stone-weight-unearthed-in-jerusalem/ and here: https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/19/5/17
Here is some notes/charts I made on Biblical Weights:
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With this information, one can work out the following from Exodus 38: 24-25 that was worked out in an earlier study:
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Shalom,
Matt

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Here is another amazing Weight find from underneath Wilson' Arch, western wall Jerusalem dating to the First Temple Period. A Two Shekel Weight.
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Directors of the escavation say of this find: “The weight is dome-shaped with a flat base. On the top of the weight is an incised Egyptian symbol resembling a Greek gamma (γ), representing the abbreviated unit ‘shekel.’ Two incised lines indicate the double mass: two shekalim. One of the uses of the shekel weight system during the First Temple period was to collect an annual tax of half a shekel dedicated to the sacrifices and upkeep of the Temple. According to previous finds, the known weight of a single shekel is 11.5 grams, thus a double shekel should weigh 23 grams, exactly as this weight does. The accuracy of the weight attests to advanced technological skills as well as to the weight given to precise trade and commerce in ancient Jerusalem. Coins were not yet in use during this period, therefore accuracy of the weights played a significant role in business.
Year-round and especially during the times of pilgrimage, the area at the foot of the Temple Mount was sure to be busy. Locals and pilgrims would have traded for sacrifices and offerings as well as for food, souvenirs and other commodities. A weight such as the one discovered would have been used to measure accurate amounts of products at the market.”

You can read more about this here: https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/ancient-two-shekel-weight-discovered-near-western-wall-645534 or here: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/288964
Shalom,
Matt

ps: I am not so sure this is a 'Gamma' symbol. Why would the Israel use an Egyptian weight symbol? The video says it is a 'shin' for shekel, which makes more sense to me.

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