The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 83 : July 14, 1921 (Classic Reprint)
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. We now come to something quite definite which manifests that the Hebrews were skilled in the arts mentioned; for before the year which witnessed their departure from Egypt came to an end, the Lord gave a commandment which required the exercise of the engraver's art, and one may be sure that work of an inferior quality would not have been acceptable in this instance. The command is in these words: And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engraving ofa Signet, Holiness to the Lord (exodus 28. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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