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Bottle

BOTTLE. 1. A container made of goat-skin, sewed up with the hair outside and used for carrying water (Gen.21.14-Gen.21.19), for storing wine (Josh.9.4, Josh.9.13), and for fermenting milk into “leben” or “yogurt” (Judg.4.19). The fact that fermenting wine expands and stretches its container is used by Jesus in his discourse about putting new wine into old bottles (Luke.5.37-Luke.5.38). A new skin bottle would be elastic enough to stretch with the pressure of the fermenting wine, whereas an old, stiff wineskin would burst. Our Lord’s teaching here is that Christianity cannot be contained in Judaism, nor can grace be confined in the bonds of the law. This meaning of “bottles” is used figuratively by Elihu in Job.32.19 as indicating his feeling that he must find relief by speaking.