Revelation's Scroll Writing
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Revelation's Scroll Writing
(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)

Both Sides

Papyrus PaintingRevelation's scroll writing would have been on one side where the grain of the papyrus ran horizontally, that side being known as the "recto." On that side, it was easier to write with the lines of the fibers. The side on which the fibers ran vertically was called the "verso" and was not commonly used for writing except in certain extreme circumstances.

Seven Seals

document on papyrusPapyrus was an expensive substance and very valuable in its day. So, if a person had a great deal to write, he wrote as in Revelation's scroll writing "on the front and on the back." This reminded me of the diaries of prisoners of war in Japan which were written on both sides of the sheets of toilet paper for the same reason. In those times, when paper or papyrus was expensive or valuable, people wrote in both directions on the front and back just to save space. Some Victorian lover letters were even written on the diagonal in both directions!

"Revelation Scroll Writing"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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