Job’s desire that his words be recorded for future generations shows three different ways that ancient records were written down. According to the New International Version, these methods were (1) writing on scrolls, (2) writing on lead tablets, and (3) writing on stone monuments.
- Scrolls. The most common form of writing was that done on scrolls by using primitive pens and ink (Jeremiah 36:18). These scrolls were continuous rolls of papyrus or animal skins, each end of which was wound around a stick. They had to be untrolled for reading.
- Lead tablets. Tablets made of lead were inscribed with an iron stylus. Tablets make of soft clay were also written on, then baked to make them hard and durable (Ezekiel 4:1). Archaeologists have found many tablets of both lead and clay that shed light on ancient Middle Eastern customs and traditions.
- Stone monuments. These monuments, much like modern monuments, recorded important events in a nation’s history. Many ancient stone monuments have been discovered. Perhaps the most significant for Bible students is the Moabite Stone, which describes the rebellion of King Mesha of Moab against King Jahoram of Israel, confirming the biblical account (2 Kings 3:4-27).
Job got his wish. His words were written down, probably on a scroll. They have been preserved in the Bible for our edification and instruction.
JOB 19:23-24- Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book [written on a scroll, NIV]! that they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for even [that they were inscrb3d with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever, NIV]!
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