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A symbol of high culture and religion as the container of revealed wisdom, designated as the Holy Book. Even more than Christianity, Islam is a book-religion: the devout Muslim is obligated to read and copy the Koran (Qur'an, literally reading, recitation) over and over. But Muslims also recognize adherents of the bookreligions (revealed religions) Judaism and Christianity, as long as they are ready, under Muslim domination, to pay for religious freedom, as were the Mozarabian Christians in Moorish Spain. Jews read through the Torah (the five Books of Moses) every year. In the Christian world there was an early distinction between codices (books consisting of pages glued together) and scrolls (Latin vo/umina) , the latter often shown in the hands of the Apostles, who are receiving from Christ these symbols of his teachings. The four EVANGELISTS, however, usually appear (with their symbolic animals) writing books in the modern sense. The universal judge (Greek pantocmtor) of the Last Judgment is usually portrayed with a book in his hand in which all of the deeds of humanity are recorded it bears the ALPHA AND OMEGA on its cover. The Book of Revelation is considered a book with SEVEN SEALS which can be broken only with divine inspiration. Scenes of the Annunciation show the VIRGIN Mary reading or opening the Bible (to Isaiah 7: 14: Behold, a virgin shall conceive). The prophet John swallowing the Book of Revelation is a primal symbol of the internalization of a divine message. Scholarly saints were often portrayed with books (e.g., Bernard of Clairvaux, Anthony of Padua, Dominic, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Alexandria, as well as the Evangelists) the Sibyls, similarly, with scrolls, allegorical representations of astronomy and faith. Jewish mysticism is so oriented toward the book that even ADAM, the first man, is confronted with one. In the Book of Rasiel (Hebrew Sepher Razielis) of the 13th century, the angel Rasiel appears to Adam, who has been driven out of PARADISE, and tells him: I have come to give insight into pure teachings and great wisdom, to make you familiar with the words of this holy book . . . . Adam, take courage, be not anxious or afraid. Take this book from my hand and use it wisely: for from it you will gain wisdom and knowledge and convey them to whoever is worthy of them and is destined to receive them. . . . Adam, keep it holy and pure. Transmission of higher knowledge was apparently possible only with the aid of a book originating in higher spheres. In ancient China the book (shu) was the attribute of scholars. If small children reached for a book rather than any other of the objects laid out before them (including SILVER, money, a banana), this presaged success in a scholarly career. The four books of Confucius and the five classical books (see I-CHING) were especially esteemed. There are reports of repeated book-burnings (e.g., in the Ch'in dynasty in 213 B.C. , under the aegis of the chancellor) as a gesture of wiping the slate clean of traditions that had come to be seen as superfluous. The possession of only chronicles and books on practical life was permitted. Ancient Mexico also had sacred books, some of which survive today (including Codex Borgia, Codex Laud, Codex Vindobonensis mexicanus I) the fourth Aztec king, Itzc6atl (reigned 1427-1440), ordered a book-burning to eradicate the traditions of other Aztec nations and city-states and thus leave only the glory of T enoch titian. There were further destructions of tradition in the missionary period: under Bishop Juan de Zumarraga in T ezcuco or under Diego de Landa in Yucatan, who in 1562 in the city Mani had numerous Mayan codices burned. In FREEMASONRY the Book of Holy Law, the Bible, lies on the altar table of the lodge next to the law-book of the Great Lodge (these are two of the Great Lights the others are the carpenter's square and the drafting compass). In heraldry the open book appears in the arms of university cities and in Richental's chronicle of the German city of Constance. The LION in St. Mark's Square in Venice is holding a book in its paws (the Gospel according to St. Mark). The German city of Bochum has a book as its (rebuslike) emblem. The book is of importance in visionary experiences, including those of illiterates like Joan of Arc 0412-1431), who opposed her experience to theological booklearning: My Lord has a book, in which no cleric has ever read, however clerically perfect he may be. Paracelsus also preferred reading the book of nature to theoretical studies. Today the fundamental symbolic meaning of the book (in dreams, for example) is positive: Nature and intellect appear to the unconscious as the great powers of life. The book appears especially often as the container of intellect. At times it is massive, worn, its print impressive: this is the book of life [Aepplil. In the Christian world the Bible is called the Book of Books, from biblia, the Greek plural of biblios, book. This word, in tum, comes from the name of the Phoenician city Byblos, the most important ancient trading center for papyrus, the paper of the day.

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