There is much obscurity as to the meaning of the word tachash , rendered "badger" in the Authorized Version, ( Exodus 25:5 ; 35:7 ) etc. The ancient versions seem nearly all agreed that it denotes not an animal but a color, either black or sky-blue. The badger is not found in the Bible lands. The Arab duchash or tufchash denotes a dolphin, including seals and cetaceans. The skins referred to are probably those of these marine animals, some of which are found in the Red Sea. The skin of the Halicore , one of these, from its hardness would be well suited for making soles for shoes. ( Ezekiel 16:10 )
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Badger skins'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".