Fuller

“The word “full” is from the Anglo-Saxon fullian, meaning “to” “whiten.” To full is to press or scour cloth in a mill. This art” “is one of great antiquity. Mention is made of “fuller’s soap” “(Mal. 3:2), and of “the fuller’s field” (2 Kings 18:17). At his” transfiguration our Lord’s rainment is said to have been white so as no fuller on earth could white them (Mark 9:3). En-rogel “(q.v.), meaning literally “foot-fountain,” has been interpreted” “as the “fuller’s fountain,” because there the fullers trod the” cloth with their feet.

“A spot near Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:17; Isa. 36:2; 7:3), on the” “side of the highway west of the city, not far distant from the” upper pool at the head of the valley of Hinnom. Here the fullers pursued their occupation.

“(Heb. borith mekabbeshim, i.e., “alkali of those treading” “cloth”). Mention is made (Prov. 25:20; Jer. 2:22) of nitre and” also (Mal. 3:2) of soap (Heb. borith) used by the fuller in his “operations. Nitre is found in Syria, and vegetable alkali was” obtained from the ashes of certain plants. (See SOAP.)

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