D. J. Wiseman notes, “By the time of Moses eight different languages were recorded in five different writing systems.”
The ancient Hebrews would have utilized the writing materials of their time. Thus we have references to writing on wood Num 17:2–3; Ezek 37:16–17 and on either metal or wooden tablets that probably were covered with wax Is 30:8; Hab 2:2. Later materials would have included papyrus Jer 32:10–14; 36:21–23 and leather. Most of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were discovered at Qumran were written on leather. By the time of the New Testament, papyrus and parchment had become the most widely used materials. These eventually were replaced by paper, which came into prominence around the twelfth to thirteenth centuries a.d.
Published on Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 6:46 AM CDT