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Leather
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A material made from an animal hide through the process of tanning. Leather was used for a variety of materials mentioned in the Bible, including footwear, clothing, armor, and shield coverings (Gen 3:21; Mark 1:6; King, Life, 163). The tanning process also was applied to the stomachs and bladders of animals to create skeins to hold liquids. Additionally, leather often was used in documentation and writing and thus was the primary medium for scribes, as evidenced in the surviving manuscripts of the ancient world. Many fragments of text from Qumran are written on leather (King, Life, 309).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Leather
Leather A material made from an animal hide through the process of tanning. Leather was used for a variety of materials mentioned in the Bible, including footwear, clothing, armor, and shield coverings (Gen 3:21; Mark 1:6; King, Life, 163). The tanning process also was applied to the stomachs and bladders
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Leather
Leather. Material made of animal hide, used extensively in Bible times for a wide variety of purposes. It was used as clothing in early times (Gn 3:21). At the beginning of the period of the prophets their raiment, made from animal skins, became a means of identifying them (2 Kgs 1:8; Zec 13:4). Elijah’s
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Leather
Leather[Heb ʿôr] (2 K. 1:8); [tāḥaš] (Ezk. 16:10); AV BADGERS’ SKINS; NEB STOUT HIDE; [Gk. dermátinos] (Mt. 3:4; Mk. 1:6); AV LEATHERN, SKIN. Skins, usually of domesticated animals (esp sheep and goats), treated for practical uses. See also Tanned, Tanner; Goatskins; Sheepskin.The art of treating
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Leather
LEATHER Prepared animal hide, used extensively in Bible times for a wide variety of purposes. It was used as clothing in early times (Gn 3:21). At the beginning of the period of the prophets, their raiment, made from animal skins, became a means of identifying them (2 Kgs 1:8; Zec 13:4). Elijah’s mantle
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Leather
leather, processed animal hides suitable as rough clothing (Elijah’s belt, 2 Kings 1:8; John the Baptist’s belt, Matt. 3:4; Mark 1:6) or as fine accoutrements (the shoes of Ezek. 16:10). Leather was also employed in covering the tabernacle (Exod. 25:5; nrsv: “fine leather”). Although the variety of animal
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Leather
LEATHER. In the preparation of leather, the hair was removed from skins, usually sheep or goat skins, by the use of lime or a substitute. The skins were then dried in the sun and treated with sumac pods, pine or oak bark, or leaves. For fine leather, alum was used. Sometimes the skins were dyed. Various
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Badgers’ Skins
BADGERS’ SKINS (Heb. taḥaš, probably from Egyp. ṯḥs, ‘leather’, and Arab. tuh̬asun, ‘dolphin’). Mentioned in av as the upper covering of the tabernacle, etc. (Ex. 25:5; 26:14, etc., in all of which cases rsv has ‘goatskins’), and as the material used in making sandals (Ezk. 16:10, where rv has ‘sealskin’,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Leather
LeatherThe raw material for many commonly used products in ancient times, including belts, shoes, boots, and sandals (Ezek. 16:10). John the Baptist wore a leather belt (Matt. 3:4; Mark 1:6), as did Elijah (2 Kgs. 1:8). Hides of animals with the holes sewn up held milk, water, and wine (Judg. 4:19;
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Leather
Leather. (Heb. ˓ôr “skin”; Gk. dermátinos).† The tanned skins of various animals were used for a wide variety of purposes, including clothing (2 Kgs. 1:8; Matt. 3:4; cf. Lev. 13:47–59; RSV “skin”), slings (cf. 1 Sam. 25:29), shepherds’ bags (17:40), containers for liquids (Gen. 21:14; Matt.
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Leather
LEATHER Raw hides and skins were most probably the earliest form of covering for the human body, and the large variety of flint scrapers and burins found in quantities on prehistoric sites were no doubt used to treat hides. To prevent decay they had to be ‘cured’. In the earliest periods (and even in
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Leather
Leather. The notices of leather in the Bible are singularly few; indeed the word occurs but twice in the DAV, and in each instance in reference to the same object, a girdle. 2 Kings 1:8; Matt. 3:4. There are, however, other instances in which the word “leather” might with propriety be substituted for
Badger Skins
Badger Skins. There is much obscurity as to the meaning of the word tachash, rendered “badger” in the Authorized Version, Ex. 25:5; 35:7, etc. The ancient versions seem nearly all agreed that it denotes not an animal but a color, either black or sky-blue. The badger is not found in the Bible lands. The
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Leather
Leathera girdle of, worn by Elijah (2 Kings 1:8) and John the Baptist (Matt. 3:4). Leather was employed both for clothing (Num. 31:20; Heb. 11:37) and for writing upon. The trade of a tanner is mentioned (Acts 9:43; 10:6, 32). It was probably learned in Egypt.
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