Sometime in the first few centuries C.E., the first bound books—termed codices—revolutionized the way people read the words of prophets, kings, scribes and thinkers.* Unlike lengthy, cumbersome ancient scrolls, which had to be unrolled to be read, bound volumes of parchment leaves provided portability and convenience and, more importantly, allowed for nonlinear reading—the ability to jump from section to section and compare different passages almost instantaneously. In an article for the New York Times Sunday Book Review, author and book critic Lev Grossman reflects on the remarkable technological shift that occurred nearly 2,000 years ago and whether the growing popularity of e-readers will mark a similar shaft in how we read.
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Mesopotamia, the cradle of Western civilization, included the great ancient empires of Sumer, Assyria and Babylon. Encompassing present-day Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey, here the origins of agriculture, writing, codified laws and urban planning emerged.
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Vassilios Tzaferis reviews "Christians and Christianity, Vol. III & IV (Churches and Monasteries in Samaria and Northern Judea and Churches and Monasteries in Judea)" edited by Noga Carmin.