Papyrus and paper

Papyrus usually refers to a document written on sheets joined together side by side.  Papyrus was like thick paper, so that people could write on it.  The papyrus sheets came from the inner bark of the papyrus plant.  Normally, they would roll these parchments into a scroll.  This was the early form of a book.  The Greek origins come for this word for papyrus, βύβλος was similar to the Greek word for a book.  Thus, the English term ‘paper’ is derived from papyrus.

The vision of the large flying scroll (Zech 5:1-5:2)

“Again,

I looked up.

I saw a flying scroll!

He said to me.

‘What do you see?’

I answered.

‘I see a flying scroll.

Its length is twenty cubits.

Its breadth is ten cubits.’”

Zechariah had his 6th vision.  The angel that he had been speaking to asked him what he saw.  He looked up and saw this large flying scroll, 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, that probably indicated the word of Yahweh.

The written scroll (Ezek 2:8-2:10)

“‘But you!

Son of man!

Hear

What I say to you!

Do not be rebellious

Like that rebellious house!

Open your mouth!

Eat what I give you!’

When I looked,

A hand

Was stretched out

To me.

A written scroll

Was in it.

He spread it

Before me.

It had writing

On the front

As well as on the back.

Written on it

Were words

Of lamentation,

Of mourning,

Of woe.”

The voice of Yahweh continued to speak to Ezekiel as the son of man. He was to listen to what Yahweh had to say to him. He was not to be rebellious like the rebellious house of Israel. He was to open his mouth and eat what Yahweh was going to give to him. Then when Ezekiel looked up, he saw a hand stretched out to him with a written scroll in it. This hand spread the scroll out before him. Ezekiel saw that there was writing on the front and the back of this scroll. Ezekiel even read it. He saw that it had words of lamentation, of mourning, and of woe.