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Revelation Papyrus Scroll
(Revelation 5.1)
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"Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals." (Revelation 5.1)

With Seven Seals

writing scrollScholars tell us that the writing on the Revelation papyrus scroll would probably have been in narrow columns about three inches wide, with margins of about two and a half inches at the top and at the bottom, with about three-quarters of an inch between the columns. A papyrus scroll commonly had a wooden roller protruding at top and bottom. It was held in the left hand, unrolled with the right, and as the reading went on, the left hand roller was turned to take up the slack.

Fifteen Feet Long

Throne of GodWe may get some idea of the dimensions of the Revelation papyrus, or scroll, from the following statistics from the eminent Scottish Biblical scholar Dr. William Barclay (1907-1978). "The Epistles of Second and Third John, Jude and Philemon would occupy one sheet of papyrus each. Romans would require a roll 11 1/2 feet long. Mark's Gospel was about 19 feet long, John's Gospel about 23 feet long, Matthew's Gospel about 30 feet long. The Luke and Acts roll would be about 32 feet long. The Revelation scroll would occupy about 15 feet." Such a scroll was in the hand of the one who sat on the throne.

"Revelation Papyrus Scroll"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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