A large unit of money equal to 6,000 drachmae or denarii. Thus, 1 talent was roughly equal to what a typical worker would make over a sixteen-year period. Jesus tells a parable in (Matt 25:14-30) in which a wealthy man gives his servants different amounts of talents (1, 2, and 5—in the latter case, the amount was more than the servant could hope to earn in a lifetime). In another parable (Matt 18:23-35) Jesus uses creative exaggeration to stress the incalculable difference between divine and human mercy: a servant owes his king (God) 10,000 talents (equal to millions of dollars), but is upset with a fellow servant who owes him 100 denarii.

Matt 25:14-30

The Parable of the Talents
14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them;15to one he gave five talents, t ... View more

Matt 18:23-35

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.24When h ... View more

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