A hin is a Biblical unit of measurement that is approximately equal to 1 gallon or 3.8 liters.

A hin is equal to a person’s minimum daily requirement of water.

The hin is used to measure water, oil, and wine but never in quantities over a hin.  Instead fractions of a hin are recorded.

The hin is mentioned only in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Ezekiel and thus are used most often in reference to drink offerings at the temple.


A handbreadth is a Biblical unit of measure equal to 3 inches or 7.6 centimeters.

A handbreadth is determined by measuring the width of the base of the hand.

The handbreadth is defined as one sixth of a cubit or one third of a span.

The word handbreadth does not appear often in the Old Testament, only being used five times.

Related Definition: Cubit, Span

Furlong, Stadium

A furlong is a Biblical unit of measurement found in the New Testament.  It is approximately 200 yards or 182.9 meters.

A furlong is the length of an ancient Greek racetrack, which is 1/8 of a Roman mile.

The furlong is usually an approximate distance but the dimensions of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:16 are recorded to be measured 12,000 stadia (furlong) long and wide.

Related Definition: Roman mile