“Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; if they do the skins burst, the wine runs out and the skins are lost; no they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17).
Long before Jesus’ coming, ancient peoples had been using the skins of animals as liquid containers. In Palestine these containers usually were made from goat skin. The skin was stripped from the slaughtered animal with a minimum of cutting and then tanned into a pliable leather. The openings were tied and sealed and the end-product was a lightweight
leather bag — unbreakable — ideal for carrying almost any liquid on a journey. In English the container usually is referred to as a…
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