paper in the Bible
Greek: χάρτης —transliteration: chartés (chartes)
also known as: papyrus —meaning: a sheet of paper (made of papyrus strips)
In 2 John 1:12, the word is used in its proper sense. The material so referred to was manufactured from the papyrus, and hence its name.
Papyrus was used for many purposes: paper, material for woven mats, coverings for huts, etc.
Cyperus papyrus grows in full sun, in wet swamps and on lake margins throughout Africa, Madagascar and the Mediterranean countries. —Cyperus papyrus, plantzafrica.com
In Israel, the marshes at the northern end of Lake Merom were known for their papyrus reeds. The lake is now dry and is located in the Hula Valley.
This plant (Cyperus papyrus) became extinct in Egypt and later reintroduced in the late 1800s). The unaccountable disappearance of this plant from Egypt was foretold by Isaiah (Isaiah 19:6-7) as a part of the divine judgment on that land.
“The papyrus reeds by the River…” —NKJV
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