Ancient Writing Materials

In the ancient Mediterranean world, people wrote on such items as clay tablets, stone, bone, wood (wood with a layer of wax), leather, various metals, potsherds (ostraca), papyrus, and parchment. The most widely used of this epigraphic potpourri were papyrus and parchment.

An important group of manuscripts that pre-date the New Testament are the Dead Sea Scrolls. The following is a sample of these manuscripts.

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