The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Writing in the Ancient Near East
Writing in the Ancient Near East Overviews the development and use of the major writing systems of the ancient Near East, such as cuneiform, hieroglyphs, and alphabets.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
WRITING The process that goes into producing books.Books have been written for many centuries but have not always been produced in the familiar form in which they are known today. If a book is defined as any written record of thoughts or acts, the production of books goes back to a very early period
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
writing. Writing was invented in the ancient Near East sometime before the beginning of the third millennium bce. It appeared first in southern Mesopotamia and soon afterward in the Nile Valley. Various systems of writing developed, but all eventually gave way to the alphabet. Alphabetic writing was
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
WRITING. The ability to record thoughts by means of marks on some more or less durable material, so that the marks will later recall these thoughts to the mind of the author or convey them to someone else, is easily the greatest single achievement of man’s intelligence. It is probably to the ancient
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
WRITING. Throughout the ancient Near East, from at least c. 3100 bc onwards, writing was a hallmark of civilization and progress. In the 2nd millennium bc there were several experiments which led to the development of the alphabet, with a consequent general increase in literacy. Although the number of
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
WritingThe three biblical languages are written with two scripts: Hebrew and Aramaic with Square Hebrew script, and Greek with Greek script. The language of each of the ancient versions is written with its own distinctive script: Syriac, Arabic; Ethiopic; Latin, Coptic, Gothic; Armenian, Georgian, Old
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Writing. †A conventional symbol system for encoding natural language. The majority of human language, past and present, is speech, which is limited by time and space. The acoustic signal decays rapidly, limiting speech perception to the moment and vicinity of its production. To overcome these restrictions,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Writing. There is no account in the Bible of the origin of writing. That the Egyptians in the time of Joseph were acquainted with writing of a certain kind there is evidence to prove, but there is nothing to show that up to this period the knowledge extended to the Hebrew family. At the same time there
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
WRITING. The art of reducing human thought to a permanent form in readable characters or signs upon an impressionable substance or material.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
WritingThe art of writing must have been known in the time of the early Pharaohs. Moses is commanded “to write for a memorial in a book” (Ex. 17:14) a record of the attack of Amalek. Frequent mention is afterwards made of writing (28:11, 21, 29, 36; 31:18; 32:15, 16; 34:1, 28; 39:6, 14, 30). The origin
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Writingwriting, the transcribing of human language into visible form. Writing was invented in the ancient Near East sometime before the beginning of the third millennium b.c. It appeared first in southern Mesopotamia and soon afterwards in the Nile Valley. Various systems of writing developed, but
Key passages
1 Mac 14:26

For they stood firm, he and his brothers and his father’s house, and they fought the enemies of Israel away from them and established for it freedom.” And he inscribed on bronze tablets and placed them in pillars on Mount Zion.

1 Mac 14:48–49

And this inscription they said to put it on bronze tablets and set it on outer wall of the sanctuary in the trustworthy place, but the copies of them, to put in the treasury so that Simon and his sons might have them.

2 Mac 2:23–32

All these things, which are related by Jason of Cyrene in five scrolls, we shall attempt to abridge into one treatise. For considering the outpouring of the quantity and the difficulty existing for those who wish to plunge into the narrations of history on account of the abundance of the material, …

1 Esd 3:8–9

And then, after each one wrote his own statement, they sealed them and put them under the pillow of Darius the king. And they said, “When the king wakes up, they will give him what is written, and whatever the king decides, and the three nobles of Persia, because his statement is wisest, to him …

3 Mac 4:19–20

And after threatening them severely as though having been bribed to contrive a plan of escape, it happened that he clearly became convinced about this matter when they asserted with proof that even the stock of papyrus and writing reeds had already run out among those who used them.

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