scroll

scroll

A roll of papyrus or specially prepared leather used for writing in antiquity (Jer 36). To make a papyrus scroll even strips cut from the pith of the papyrus plant were laid side by side in horizontal and vertical rows, forming the front and back side of the sheet, respectively. Water and pressure were applied to make the strips adhere. After they dried, the sheets were rubbed smooth with shells or stones. Leather scrolls were made of sheep, goat, or calf skin that had been dehaired, scraped, washed, stretched on a frame, and dried. The hair side, on which the writing was done, was scraped smooth and rubbed with a pumice stone. Rectangles of prepared leather were stitched together to make a scroll. References to scrolls and writing in the Bible include (Deut 28:58; Josh 1:8; Ps 45:1; Isa 8:1; Jer 8:8; Jer 25:13; Ezek 2:9-10; Rev 5:1).

Jer 36

The Scroll Read in the Temple
1In the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord:2Take a scroll and write on ... View more

Deut 28:58

58If you do not diligently observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, fearing this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God,

Josh 1:8

8This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that ... View more

Ps 45:1

Ode for a Royal Wedding
To the leader: according to Lilies. Of the Korahites. A Maskil. A love song.
1My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
I address my verse ... View more

Isa 8:1

Isaiah's Son a Sign of the Assyrian Invasion
1Then the Lord said to me, Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, “Belonging to Maher-shalal-has ... View more

Jer 8:8

8How can you say, “We are wise,
and the law of the Lord is with us,”
when, in fact, the false pen of the scribes
has made it into a lie?

Jer 25:13

13I will bring upon that land all the words that I have uttered against it, everything written in this book, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations.

Ezek 2:9-10

9I looked, and a hand was stretched out to me, and a written scroll was in it.10He spread it before me; it had writing on the front and on the back, and written ... View more

Rev 5:1

The Scroll and the Lamb
1Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals;

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