At 12:17 AM 4/19/2012, Mike Grondin wrote:
...3. In another previous note,
I referred to 'pages' of a scroll. I was envisioning a
scroll that unrolled from side to side. Such a scroll contained page-like
separated from each other (rather like an e-book?), so that as the scroll
unrolled, it would reveal a series of page-images. But there are also
unravel from top to bottom (for shorter works?), and these would not have
images (the writing being basically continuous, I believe.) I don't know
of rolls P.Oxy. 654 and 655 came from (I don't see where Hurtado or
specifies that), nor do I know whether page-numbers were used on
as they were on codex-pages (e.g., P.Oxy. 1). Can anyone enlighten us on
I was surprised by the idea of "pages" on a scroll. This sounds
to me like a secondary development, such as the copyist copying from a
paginated codex. I certainly would not expect that any such paginated
scroll was an original document.
Why do it at all? The first thing that comes to my mind is Crossan's
point that papyrus was a lot cheaper than vellum, so that a papyrus codex
was the ancient equivalent of a paperback book. Copying a codex to a
scroll would have the effect of saying, this text is too important to be
merely on papyrus. Or maybe the copy was made in a place distant from
supplies of papyrus, but where vellum was more available.
As for shorter vs. longer works, think of the Isaiah scroll. Don't know
how they managed to do that.
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