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Reference: Leather


a girdle of, worn by Elijah (2Ki 1:8) and John the Baptist (Mt 3:4). Leather was employed both for clothing (Nu 31:20; Heb 11:37) and for writing upon. The trade of a tanner is mentioned (Ac 9:43; 10:6,32). It was probably learned in Egypt.

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Elijah is described as a "hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather." 2Ki 1:8. The same Hebrew word is many times translated 'skin.' In the N.T. John the Baptist had about his loins a 'leathern girdle,' Mt 3:4; or 'of a skin' as in Mr 1:6. We read of Simon a tanner in Ac 9:43; 10:6,32; and the monuments show that the art of tanning was practised in Egypt, so that without doubt it was also known to the Israelites.

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The notices of leather in the Bible are singularly few; indeed the word occurs but twice in the Authorized Version, and in each instance in reference to the same object, a girdle.

2Ki 1:8; Mt 3:4

There are, however, other instances in which the word "leather" might with propriety be substituted for "skin."

Le 11:32; 13:48; Nu 31:20

Though the material itself is seldom noticed, yet we cannot doubt that it was extensively used by the Jews; shoes, bottles, thongs, garments, ropes and other articles were made of it. The art of tanning, however, was held in low esteem by the Jews.

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