Tanners used skins of unclean animals and so were not highly esteemed by Jews, though the trade was recognized as important (Acts 9: 43). However, tanned rams' skins (Exod. 25: 5, NRSV) were used for the tabernacle in the wilderness. Skins were used for containing wine (Matt. 9: 17), and the skin and hair of goats were used for making tents. Tarsus, where Paul was born, was a centre of the industry and Paul supported himself by this trade (Acts 18: 3).