They gave large money (arguria ikana edwkan). The use of the plural for pieces of silver (arguria) is common. The papyri have many instances of ikana for considerable (from ikanw, to reach to, attain to). These pious Sanhedrists knew full well the power of bribes. They make a contract with the Roman soldiers to tell a lie about the resurrection of Jesus as they paid Judas money to betray him. They show not the slightest tendency to be convinced by the facts though one had risen from the dead.