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Papyrus Writing Scrolls
(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

Bulrush leavesPapyrus writing scroll were written on both sides. Papyrus was made from the pith of a bulrush which grew in the delta of the River Nile. The bulrush grew up to fifteen feet high, with six feet of it below the water and it's stem sometimes as thick as a person's wrist. The pith for the papyrus writing scrolls was extracted and cut into thin strips with a very sharp knife.

On Both Sides

Papyrus PlantA row of strips of papyrus, was laid vertically, and on the top of them another row of strips laid horizontally, and the whole was then moistened with water, glued and pressed together. The word "Papyrus," by the way, was the origin of the English word "paper," but paper itself was said to have been invented by a Chinese eunuch, inventor and politician named "Cai Lun" (48-121 AD) around 100 AD. Cai Lun was said to have been inspired for making paper from watching paper wasps build their nests. Around 2000 BC, the Babylonians placed papyrus documents in envelopes made of baked clay some of which survive today! Papyrus writing scrolls were beaten with a mallet and then smoothed with a pumice stone, to produce a sheet not unlike brown paper. In Egypt today, beautiful colorful papyrus souvenirs like bookmarks and paintings are sold to tourists showing hieroglyphic writing and colorful tomb paintings.✞

"Papyrus Writing Scrolls"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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