LEATHER Summary and Overview
LEATHER in Easton's Bible Dictionary
a 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.
LEATHER in Smith's Bible Dictionary
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.