For most of human history, literature took the form of unwieldy clay tablets and scrolls. The Romans streamlined the medium by creating the codex, a stack of bound pages that is recognized as the earliest incarnation of the book.
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"Praise be to the Lord your God" (1 Kings 10:9)
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Looking back was her unwillingness to let go.
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"But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”
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