“But Seleucus died, and when Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes succeeded him on the throne, Onias' brother Jason obtained the high priesthood by corrupt means: in an interview, he promised the king three hundred and sixty talents of silver, as well as eighty talents from another source of income.”
- 2 Maccabees 4:7-8
1 talent = 75 lbs.
1 lb = 16 oz
1 oz of silver = $9.50
So 440 talents of silver = 33,000 pounds of silver = $5,016,000.00!
Jason had paid a little over 5 million dollars (today’s money I understand) to become the High Priest for one year. Unfortunately for Jason, about three years after this he was removed as High Priest after his friend Menelaus outbid him. Menelaus, not really having the money he promised, ended up stealing from the Temple funds to make payment. And this all lead to the Maccabean revolt, but that’s another story.
Senator John McCain: $293 Million
President-Elect Barack Obama: $573 Million*
“What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun. Even the thing of which we say, "See, this is new!" has already existed in the ages that preceded us.”
- Ecclesiastes 1:9-10