Who Invented the Book?
Two thousand years ago parchment or papyrus pages of written works were all stitched together end to end into a long roll wound around a wooden or metal bar. It was called a scroll. The problem in reading it was that you had to spin through the entire roll if you wanted to read say a passage on the last page. Just like the old video or audiotapes. The invention of the book consisted of stitching those same written pages all together on one edge rather than from end to end. This permitted access to the last page just as easily as the first. In other words, the invention of the book format allowed random access just as the CD format does today. As we all know this is a major advance.
Who made this advance? It was the early Christians who broke away from the Jewish scroll format and did so to reduce the wear and tear on their hand-written bibles. Recently, scholars identified the oldest bound book ever discovered. It was wood and leather bound copy of the Psalms found buried with a child who died 1,600 years ago. So next time you hear someone say that Christians are against education and don’t appreciate books, just remember that Christians and their love for the Bible are responsible for the convenient form of our modern books.