The first ring binder? It’s 2000 years old!


An ancient set of lead tablets showing the earliest portrait of Jesus Christ have proved to be around 2,000 years old, according to experts.

The metal ‘pages’, held together like a ring binder, were found in Jordan in around 2008 by an Jordanian Bedouin and make reference to Christ and his disciples.
The lead has been analysed and the words and symbols translated and experts say the tablets date from within a few years of Jesus’ ministry.

One of the books bears resemblance to how the Book of Revelations is described as it has seven seals.

The books are known as codices – types of bound manuscripts distinct from scrolls – and among them is an image of Jesus himself.

The source of the photos and a longer article is here








Categories: Bookbinding, Filofaxes and other ring organisers


6 replies

  1. Have you ordered one? Hee hee.

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  2. What a discovery! Very interesting and looking quite modern! Too heavy to carry around in my purse, though. Hm.

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  3. Old school Filofax!

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  4. I’ve translated it… it references the inserts to be found on Philofaxy 🙂

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  5. They don’t make ’em like they used to……

    From photo on the webpage you linked to, it seems like it’s probably a pocket size binder.

    Wouldn’t mind one in personal size….


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