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The scroll is the technology of the classical world, of Roman bureaucrats and Homer’s steady temporal progression, once he was written down. Even its physical form implies continuity: it’s difficult, a process, to jump from place to place. Judaism’s rituals emphasize that continuity: though time progresses steadily from beginning to end, the narrative always circles back on itself.

All books, whether scrolls or codices, were once handcrafted objects.