Span

A span is a Biblical unit of measurement equal to 8.75 inches or 22.2 centimeters.

A span is determined by the measure of a stretched hand, from fingertip to fingertip.  Like the cubit, this is a relative measurement.

A span is the measure of a half cubit.  It is not mentioned often in the Old Testament.  Four of the seven times it is used is in reference to the dimensions of the high priest’s breastplate.

Related Definition: cubit

Roman Mile

A Roman mile is a Biblical unit of measurement that is slightly shorter than a modern mile.  It is equivalent to .9 miles, 1620 yards, or 1.4 kilometers.

The Roman mile is referenced only once in the New Testament in Matthew 5:41 when Jesus instructs His followers to go the extra mile.

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