What is a Cubit?Date: 03/31/2002 at 17:26:31 From: Becky Subject: Cubit The Bible says that Moses was 9 cubits tall and Pharaoh was 1 cubit tall. How do you calculate that in today's standard of height in inches or feet? Thank you. Date: 04/01/2002 at 13:33:13 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: Cubit Hi Becky - thanks for writing to Dr. Math. Russ Rowlett's _How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement_ is a good place to look up things like a 'cubit'. http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/dictC.html cubit a historic unit of distance frequently mentioned in the Bible. The word comes from the Latin cubitum, "elbow," because the unit represents the length of a man's forearm from his elbow to the tip of his outstretched middle finger. This distance tends to be about 18 inches or roughly 45 centimeters. In ancient times, the cubit was usually defined to equal 24 digits or 6 palms. The Egyptian royal or "long" cubit, however, was equal to 28 digits or 7 palms. In the English system, the digit is conventionally identified as 3/4 inch; this makes the ordinary cubit exactly 18 inches (45.72 centimeters). The Roman cubit was shorter, about 44.4 centimeters (17.5 inches). The ordinary Egyptian cubit was just under 45 centimeters, and most authorities estimate the royal cubit at about 52.35 centimeters (20.61 inches). - Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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