5619 weights and measures, distance and area
Diverse expressions were used for these measurements, their being determined in the most practical way possible, reckoned by known averages.
Expressions of distance
A bow-shot Ge 21:15-16
A Sabbath day’s journey Ac 1:12 While this is the only mention of this phrase in Scripture, it was in fact a popular expression, indicating the distance a devout Jew could walk on the Sabbath. It was based on the rabbinical interpretation of Ex 16:29 in the light of Nu 35:5, and was limited to 2,000 cubits.
Expressions of area
Area expressed by the yoke 1Sa 14:14 The area translated “about half an acre” in the Hebrew means “half a yoke”. The yoke was the area of land ploughed by a yoke of oxen in one day, approximately one acre. See also Isa 5:10 The Hebrew describes the area as “ten-yoke”, that is, the land ploughed by ten yoke of oxen in one day.
Area expressed by the amount of seed required to sow the land Lev 27:16