Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 83: July 14, 1921
Biblical commentators are of the opinion that three different kinds of writing materials are referred to in this quotation, and these are (l) papyrus, (2) lead plates, and (3) rock pillars or tablets. According to the chronology in common use, the time involved is about B. C. Which is 31 years before the Israelites set out on their migration from Egypt for the land of Canaan. It thus becomes apparent that the art of writing and that of engraving on metal, etc., were known to the Israelites during the latter part, at least, of their term of bondage in Egypt. The circum stance that the book of Job is included among the inspired and sacred writings of the Israelites is about conclusive that the author of that book, as well as the principle personage mentioned in it, were Hebrews. The author, as well as Job himself, must have been prominent members of society in their day, and though almost certainly Hebrews, it is not assumed that the arts of writing and engraving on metal were largely praticed by the Israelites while in a condition of servitude. The present purpose is merely to make it apparent that these arts had been in use among the ancients in Mediterranean regions before the time of the Exodus, and that it is not possible to deny successfully that that knowledge in a practical way was possessed by the Hebrews.
Later in Israelitish history additional writing materials were parchment, vellum and basil. These were the prepared skins of sheep and goats, and when several skins were sewed together, end to end, they were called books, rolls or sticks. They'got the latter name from the circumstance that the ends of the connected skins were fastened to sticks, or rollers, upon which the books were rolled or wound for convenient handling when being read.
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