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Farthing [EBD]

(1.) Matt. 10:29; Luke 12:6. Greek assarion, i.e., a small as, which was a Roman coin equal to a tenth of a denarius or drachma, nearly equal to a halfpenny of our money.

(2.) Matt. 5:26; Mark 12:42 (Gr. kodrantes), the quadrant, the fourth of an as, equal to two lepta, mites. The lepton (mite) was the very smallest copper coin.

Farthing [NAVE]

See: Pey; Assarion.


Two names of coins in the New Testament are rendered in the Authorized Version by this word:
  1. Quadrans , (Matthew 5:26; Mark 12:42) a coin current in the time of our Lord, equivalent to three-eights of a cent;
  2. The assarion , equal to one cent and a half, (Matthew 10:29; Luke 12:6)


FARTHING - far'-thing: The rendering of two words in the Greek of the New Testament, assarion, and kodrantes, Latin quadrans. The assarion was the tenth part of the denarius, and hence in value about one penny or two centuries The quadrans was the fourth part of the Roman as, and worth only about three mills, or less than the English farthing, and is the only term rendered farthing by the American Standard Revised Version. It occurs in Mt 5:26 and Mk 12:42, while assarion, which occurs in Mt 10:29 and Lk 12:6, is rendered "penny" by the American Standard Revised Version.

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