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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 tablets and metal plates (with o…

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Reichert, Andreas, “Book”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00049>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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