Why 30 pieces of silver?

30 pieces of silver blog

Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas Iscariot for 30 pieces of silver. Why? This seems to be one of the most mysterious, and argued over points by theorists. Some say for money because he stole from the cash box that he had charge over. Others say because he was disappointed in that Jesus did not raise an army to drive the Romans out. In other words, Jesus did not meet his idea of the Saviour.

What about us?

Is Jesus our Saviour, or worth only 30 pieces of silver.

If we believe in Him, what value do we put on Him?


30 “pieces of silver” would be worth between $324 .60 present-day value (USD).
https://www.quora.com/How-much-were-the-30-pieces-of-silver-Judas-received-to-betray-Jesus-worth-in-todays-money. Again, this depends on which silver coin was in use.


Judas’ bargain was made before the night of His betrayal

30 pieces of silver bargain
Bargaining for the price of betrayal

Some preachers say that this is why Jesus was enigmatic about the location of His last Passover.

All things had to be completed according to prophecy and if Judas had known the location the arrest could have taken place before the meal.


Part of four theories is this…

“During Jesus’ day, the people of Israel were under the rule of Rome. They desperately wanted to overthrow their oppressors and re-establish their nation. They needed an anointed king to lead them in this quest. Could it be Jesus? Clearly he was chosen by God. He performed miracles. He spoke with authority about a new kingdom. He attracted huge crowds.”

All four theories can be found here…

Why 30 pieces of silver?

At the time it was the price of a dead slave.

In Hebrew culture, thirty pieces of silver was not a lot of money. In fact, it was the exact price paid to the master of a slave if and when his slave was gored by an ox (Exodus 21:32). The slave’s death was compensated by the thirty pieces of silver.

Sobering thoughts about the value of the Saviour of mankind.



Passover facts- https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/what-is-passover/