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I seem to recall that Jeremias, Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus, included
several lists of unclean trades and on one or more of those lists,
tanners were included, hence my question. I agree that those who touched
the final product did not thereby become unclean. My questions relates
to the unclean trades and what must such a person do prior to entering
the temple. And finally what aspects of these rules were in obsevance at
Richard H. Anderson

> > Office wrote:
> > >
> > > "LEATHER"?
> > Richard Anderson wrote:> > >
> > Were tanners, tentmakers and other persons who worked with animal skins
> > ritually unclean?  Did such persons neeed to undergo some type of
> > immersion ceremony to participate in the community worship services,
> > enter the temple or enter a synagogue?
> Jack Kilmon wrote:
>         I don't believe the final product of parchment was considered
> unclean.  No scribe would write biblical texts, including the
> tatragrammaton
> on something unclean.  Those that killed the animal, skinned it, soaked
> the
> skin, scraped it, limed it, etc would probably have to undergo
> purification
> before they touched the final product.
> Jack
> --
> D^“man dith laych idneh d^“nishMA nishMA
>    Jack Kilmon (jkilmon@historian.net)
>  http://www.historian.net