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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 “skin.” Lev. 11:32; 13:48; Num. 31:20. Though the material itself is seldom noticed, yet we canot 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.