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Papyrus Writing Scroll (Revelation 5.1)

"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 leavesThe papyrus writing scroll was written on both sides. Papyrus was made from the pith of a bulrush which grew in the delta of the River Nile. The bulrush was up to about fifteen feet high, with six feet of it below the water and it's stem could be as thick as a person's wrist. The pith for the papyrus writing scroll 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 was laid horizontally, and the whole was then moistened with water, glued and pressed together. Papyrus, by the way, is the origin of our English word "paper," but paper itself is said to have been invented by a Chinese eunuch named Tsai Lun around 100 AD. Around 2000 BC, the Babylonians placed papyrus documents in envelopes made of baked clay! The papyrus scroll was beaten with a mallet and then smoothed with a pumice stone, to produce a sheet not unlike brown paper as a writing scroll. In Egypt today, beautiful papyrus souvenirs like bookmarks and paintings are sold to tourists showing hieroglyphic writing and colorful tomb paintings.✞

"Papyrus Writing Scroll"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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