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Writ"ing, n.

1. The act or art of forming letters and characters on paper, wood, Stone, or other material, for the purpose of recording the ideas Which characters and words express, or of communicating them to Others by visible signs.

2. Anything written or printed; anything expressed in characters or Letters; as: (a) any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, Or the like. (b) any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary Production; a book; as, the writings of addison. (c) an inscription. And pilate wrote a title . . . And the writing was, jesus of Nazareth, the king of the jews. John xix. 19.

3. Handwriting; chirography. Writing book, a book for practice in Penmanship.

-- writing desk, a desk with a sloping top for writing upon; also, a

Case containing writing materials, and used in a similar manner.

-- writing lark (zoöl.), the european yellow-hammer; -- so called

From the curious irregular lines on its eggs. [prov. Eng.] -- writing Machine. Same as typewriter.

-- writing master, one who teaches the art of penmanship.
-- writing obligatory (law), a bond.
-- writing paper, paper intended for writing upon with ink, usually

Finished with a smooth surface, and sized.

-- writing school, a school for instruction in penmanship.
-- writing table, a table fitted or used for writing upon.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Writing - The art of writing must have been known in the time of the early Pharaohs. Moses is commanded "to write for a memorial in a book" (Exodus 17:14) a record of the attack of Amalek. Frequent mention is afterwards made of writing (Exodus 28:11, Exodus 28:21, Exodus 28:29, Exodus 28:36; Exodus 31:18; Exodus 32:15, Exodus 32:16; Exodus 34:1, Exodus 34:28; Exodus 39:6, Exodus 39:14, Exodus 39:30). The origin of this art is unknown, but there is reason to conclude that in the age of Moses it was well known. The inspired books of Moses are the most ancient extant writings, although there are written monuments as old as about B.C.2000. The words expressive of "writing," "book," and "ink," are common to all the branches or dialects of the Semitic language, and hence it has been concluded that this art must have been known to the earliest Semites before they separated into their various tribes, and nations, and families. "The Old Testament and the discoveries of Oriental archaeology alike tell us that the age of the Exodus was throughout the world of Western Asia an age of literature and books, of readers and writers, and that the cities of Palestine were stored with the contemporaneous records of past events inscribed on imperishable clay. They further tell us that the kinsfolk and neighbours of the Israelites were already acquainted with alphabetic writing, that the wanderers in the desert and the tribes of Edom were in contact with the cultured scribes and traders of Ma'in [[[:Category:South|Southern]] Arabia], and that the 'house of bondage' from which Israel had escaped was a land where the art of writing was blazoned not only on the temples of the gods, but also on the dwellings of the rich and powerful." Sayce. (See DEBIR; PHOENICIA.) The "Book of the Dead" was a collection of prayers and formulae, by the use of which the souls of the dead were supposed to attain to rest and peace in the next world. It was composed at various periods from the earliest time to the Persian conquest. It affords an interesting glimpse into the religious life and system of belief among the ancient Egyptians. We learn from it that they believed in the existence of one Supreme Being, the immortality of the soul, judgment after death, and the resurrection of the body. It shows, too, a high state of literary activity in Egypt in the time of Moses. It refers to extensive libraries then existing. That of Ramessium, in Thebes, e.g., built by Rameses II., contained 20,000 books. When the Hebrews entered Canaan it is evident that the art of writing was known to the original inhabitants, as appears, e.g., from the name of the city Debir having been at first Kirjath-sepher, i.e., the "city of the book," or the "book town" (Joshua 10:38; Joshua 15:15; Judges 1:11). The first mention of letter-writing is in the time of David (2 Samuel 11:14, 2 Samuel 11:15). Letters are afterwards frequently spoken of (1 Kings 21:8, 1 Kings 21:9, 1 Kings 21:11; 2 Kings 10:1, 2 Kings 10:3, 2 Kings 10:6, 2 Kings 10:7; 2 Kings 19:14; 2 Chronicles 21:12; 2 Chronicles 30:1, 2 Chronicles 30:6, etc.).


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