“Pseudonymity”, “Pseudepigraphy” and the New Testament

Learn a little about how the New Testament was actually written, and by whom. 

Letters were a common way of communicating in the first century.  The vast Roman Empire, with its excellent roads, efficient administration, reliable seaborne trade and generally peaceful interior made travel easy, and made mail both necessary and possible.

Papyrus, a paper made from the reeds in Egypt, was the favored vehicle for written communication.   Parchment, made from sheep and goat skins, and vellum, made from calves, was also available but much more expensive.  The scroll was the most common form, but occasionally books with bound pages (called codexes) were produced.  An author would usually dictate his book to a scribe called an amanuensis.  The ink was atramentum, based on carbon black (soot), gum and water.  Quills served as good implements.  Letters typically contained a greeting, address, a body, and a farewell.

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