Fifty common expressions that originated from the Bible that influences our language today.
2. BY THE SKIN OF MY TEETH – “My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth” (Job 19:20).
The idiom means to have a narrow escape, to barely pass. The heavy rock band, Megadeth, used this title for a song about a failed suicide attempt in 1992; Thornton Wilder wrote the play, The Skin of Our Teeth, in 1942, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Dram…a and Boroness Emma Orczy wrote the book, Skin o’ My Tooth, utilizing the phrase.
The Scientific American Journal records that tooth enamel is not a dead shell but the strongest tissue in the body – a ‘superskin.’ They go on to state, that the enamel is produced by skin (epithelial) cells and that while it does not have blood vessels or cells it moves its substance with the body fluids.
Thus, the Bible inserts a new phrase in the English language and gives us a bit of science trivia too.