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A vessel made of animal skins and used for holding wine, strong drink, water, and other liquids (e.g., Josh 9:4–13; Job 38:37; Psa 119:83; Matt 9:17).
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
bottles, containers for liquids, usually made of goatskin, clay, or glass. God is said to gather the seas as in a bottle (Ps. 33:7). Ps. 56:8 refers to a specific type of bottle, a small “tear vase.” These were made of terra-cotta, faience, or highly decorated glass. A number of samples have been found
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
A goatskin “bottle.” JRBOTTLES. The most widely used bottles in the East, even today, are made of leather. Usually the skin of a kid or goat, though even a cow, camel, or buffalo, was used. The animal’s head and feet were cut off, and it was then skinned. The hide was usually tanned and smoked, the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bottle. The Arabs keep their water, milk, and other liquids in leathern bottles. These are made of goatskins. When the animal is killed they cut off its feet and its head, and draw it in this manner out of the skin without opening its belly. The great leathern bottles are made of the skin of a he-goat,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BOTTLES. Two kinds of containers of liquids were common in ancient times—bottles of skin and earthenware. The latter were easily broken, and recovered pottery and shards constitute one of the most helpful ways the archaeologist has of describing and dating old cultures in both Palestine and Mesopotamia.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bottle—a vessel made of skins for holding wine (Josh. 9:4. 13; 1 Sam. 16:20; Matt. 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37, 38), or milk (Judg. 4:19), or water (Gen. 21:14, 15, 19), or strong drink (Hab. 2:15).Earthenware vessels were also similarly used (Jer. 19:1–10; 1 Kings 14:3; Isa. 30:14). In Job 32:19 (comp.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Bottlesbottles, containers for liquids, usually made of goatskin, clay, or glass. Dried skins of goats in particular made quite functional vessels, once sewed up with the hair on the outside (Gen. 21:14–19). In antiquity, as is still done in the Near East today, animal skins filled with milk were hung
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BOTTLE — a container for carrying liquids (Jer. 13:12). Bottle is actually a mistranslation, since glass bottles as we know them were not in use in Old Testament times. Liquid-carrying containers were made of pottery or leather.Large pottery jugs were used to carry water from the village well and to
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BOTTLE<bot’-’-l> (חֵמֶת [chemeth], נֹאד [no’-dh], נֵבֶל [nebhel], בַּקְבֻּק [baqbuq], אוֹב [’obh]; [ἀσκός, askos]): The most literal rendering of all the words for bottle in English Versions of the Bible is “skin,” or “wine-skin,” the Revised Version (British and American). The primitive bottle
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Botʹtle. It was and is still customary among Eastern nations to convert the skins of slaughtered animals into vessels for holding wine or water. The skin being stripped off without any incision in the lower part, and properly dressed, it was only necessary to tie up those parts through which the legs
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