Messages from God
The importance of the written word can be seen in the number of religions that have sacred texts, and in how often it is claimed a god wrote those texts.
Examples of Ancient Writings
- The Egyptians believed that the ibis-headed Thoth, the scribe of the gods, gave humanity the gift of writing.
- The Assyrians believed it was the god Nabu who gave them the gift of writing.
- The Maya believed that Itzamna, the son of the creator, invented writing and books.
Sacred texts were distributed on a variety of writing materials prior to the invention of paper – and some, such as the Jewish Torah, are still preserved handwritten on animal skin.