A Page-Turning Classic

By: Bryn

library books“In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (the gospel according to John 1:1)

Words have  been around since the beginning. God use them to create the universe. But when did people begin to write words down into books?

The date is unknown, some people believe it was around 3400 BC. It started with cuneiform and progressed from there.

Over time there have been thousands of different types of books. In the ancient days of Egypt, they used papyrus scrolls to write on. In China in 400-300 B.C. they used silk writing materials. Libraries, the home of books, are not a new concept either. in 295 B.C. the Alexandria Library was founded. In 888 The Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture, was the first dated example of block printing. In 1457 Johannes Gutenberg made the first printing press in Europe, with movable types.

From there we progress into many new books. The 1850’s where some of the most popular books were written and published. In 1850 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written. The Scarlet Letter is about a woman who has an affair with the preacher. The town shames her  into wearing an A on all her clothes for “adulteress”. Moby-Dick with its famous  first line “Call me Ishmael.”, is about a captain is who wants to kill a whale who bit off his leg. Mark Twain published Huckleberry Finn in 1884. Huckleberry Finn is about a boy who previously appeared in Tom Sawyer, also written by Mark Twain.

But now in this new age of modern technology, we have devices devoted just for the sole purpose of reading books, like a nook or a kindle. I myself have a couple reading apps on my cellphone. Books have changed overtime but some books themes never change. The Bible has been the same forever. It is written in many different languages but the message is constant.