Ancient Composing Materials

Ancient Composing Materials

Biblical manuscripts, with some exceptions that are minor as verses written on amulets and pots, are written using one of three materials: Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper. Each had pros and cons. Parchment (treated animal skins) ended up being probably the most durable, but in addition the most costly, and it is hard to get more and more sheets of this exact same size and color. Papyrus ended up being less costly, but wore out more quickly and, as it is damaged by moist, few copies survive into the day that is present except from Egypt (and also those usually defectively damaged). Paper would not be available until fairly recently, and although it ended up being cheaper than parchment once paper mills had been founded, the mills had high overhead expenses, so that they had been fairly few in number; paper ended up being in no way as low priced when you look at the belated manuscript period as today (when paper is manufactured out of timber pulp instead of rags). Continue Reading