The process of rendering leather permanently soft and pliable. Because of the many uses to which it could be put, leather was a valuable commodity. “Tanned rams’ skins” were offerings given by the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai (Exod 25:5; Exod 35:7; Exod 35:23). These skins were fashioned into the coverings for the tent of meeting, which housed the tabernacle (Exod 26:14; Exod 36:19; Exod 39:34). Skins were also used for many products besides clothing: leather buckets, waterskins, wineskins, and butter churns (Gen 21:14; Judg 4:19; Matt 9:17). Nevertheless, due to the nature of the work, tanners were not held in high regard. The odors accompanying the process and dealing with unclean animals were repugnant to townspeople. Thus Simon the tanner is consigned to living outside of town (by the seaside, at Joppa, Acts 10:16). Nonetheless, Peter and a devout soldier lodge with him (Acts 9:43; Acts 10:7).
5tanned rams' skins, fine leather, acacia wood,
7tanned rams' skins, and fine leather; acacia wood,
23And everyone who possessed blue or purple or crimson yarn or fine linen or goats' hair or tanned rams' skins or fine leather, brought them.
14You shall make for the tent a covering of tanned rams' skins and an outer covering of fine leather.
19And he made for the tent a covering of tanned rams' skins and an outer covering of fine leather.
34the covering of tanned rams' skins and the covering of fine leather, and the curtain for the screen;
14So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her ... View more
19Then he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink; for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him.
17Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh w ... View more
16This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.
43Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
7When the angel who spoke to him had left, he called two of his slaves and a devout soldier from the ranks of those who served him,