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Alan Jacobs gave… an exploration of the reading habits that are encouraged by the development of the book…
With the book, decisions about canonical order are made and fixed… Books also physically express the unity of the Bible and its sequentiality. The sheer physical form of a book that includes both Old and New Testament between two covers was a standing renunciation of Marcionitism.
The book has a fixed order, which encourages sequential reading. At the same time, the book allows one to read back-and-forth. You can put your finger in Jeremiah, check Hebrews, and flip from one to the other quite readily. Try that with a scroll. So, the book encourages sequential reading, but a complex zig-zag, reading-forward-and-back reading that is characteristic of Christian typology. The book, Jacobs said in an arresting formula, is the technology of typology.