Talent show

Do you know what a talent is? In the biblical sense, it's not the ability to carry a tune or the instinct for making a fortune on the stock market. A talent is a measure of weight, specifically the typical weight of a soldier's pack, something in the range of 75 to 100 pounds. As it is used in this parable, it refers to the weight of the coins entrusted to three servants. The talents the master gave his servants made a heavy load of very valuable coins; one talent is estimated to be worth something like a million dollars in today's money.

So, here we have a man whose cash on hand amounts to something like $9 million, not including what he needs for the trip. He hands it all over to three of his trusted servants, and, in case you didn't notice, he doesn't say anything to them about what they are supposed to do with it. He simply gives each of them a quantity commensurate with their ability. Then he leaves town.

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