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Re: Falsifiability, was Re: orion dss and rabbis

>I am curious as to the level of literacy in times before printing.  Could
>ordinary people  read and write? Or was the written word limited to the
>scribes, businessmen, priests, and other elite?

Not even as much as this for most pre-industiral societis. For ancient
Egypt, 4 percent literacy has been estimated; for ancient Israel and Judah,
hardly more.

Philip R Davies
Department of Biblical Studies
University of Sheffield