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Scripture and Writing
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I. Religious Studies

Writing as a sociocultural and political phenomenon is characterized by the expansion of writing skills within a culture. With the emergence of major writing systems (Paleography), the process of reducing communication to writing began, coupled with specific forms of communication. Also related were the profession of the scribe, scribal training, the development of writing materials, and libraries.

From the outset, the agents of writt…

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Prenner, Karl and Huizing, Klaas, “Scripture and Writing”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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