Just Discovered: 70 Small Wire-Bound Metal Books from 1st Century

Here at Paperblanks we’re obviously fascinated by old world book-making and binding techniques – but this is something completely different! 70 small books with lead pages and wire binding were found in a cave in Jordan that could date back to the first century AD. The books, tied to Christianity, are filled with images, symbols and words that seemingly refer to “the Messiah and, possibly even, to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

But the news on these books is less focused on book-binding and more on how these books can “unlock some of the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity,” and the fact that they’ve suddenly disappeared (It’s believed they may have been illegally smuggled across the border of Israel.) Read all about those stories here.

4 comments on “Just Discovered: 70 Small Wire-Bound Metal Books from 1st Century

  1. Is there a catalogue of the codex, so that one can view it for himself. I go from site to site, and get the same story over and over. Starting to look like sensation.

    • Hi Joseph,

      Since this was posted after the initial discovery in 2011, there has been a lot of research and debate over the authenticity of these metallic books. Wikipedia is a great place to find the most updated information, though you will see that nothing has really developed since 2012. It is likely that the Jordan Lead Codices will remain a mystery for some time to come.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Lead_Codices

      All the best,
      The Paperblanks Team

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