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The Book as a Medium

1. The book (from Middle English bok, derived in turn from bohiz, Proto-Germanic for ‘beech,’ or beechwood tablets with rune carvings), for the recording and transmittal of written content, had its forerunners in the high cultures of the ancient East, in various forms and materials: clay tablets in Babylon and Assyria, papyrus, leather, or parchment scrolls (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans), but also stone tab…

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Reichert, Andreas, “Book”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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