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by Wayne Blank
"she took for him an ark of bulrushes"
One of the most Biblically-famous uses of sedge was when Moses' mother made an ark of bulrushes to preserve the life of her son (see also The Education Of Moses).
"And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime [see Bitumen] and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink." (Exodus 2:1-3 KJV)
Larger floating vessels were also built from sedge i.e. "vessels of bulrushes upon the waters":
"Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!"
The reference to paper being made from papyrus ("paper reeds") is stated very plainly.
"The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks" (Isaiah 19:7 KJV)
The original words, or their translations, do not always specify the variety or species of all of the very similar appearing marsh plants. The "rush" as it is translated below was actually written in the original Hebrew to mean either the bulrush or papyrus. The "flag" ("plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals") is used to translate the original Hebrew word that also actually referred to bulrushes.
"Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?" (Job 8:11 KJV)
Sedges, reeds and rushes were found in marshes; so were one of the kinds of Biblical dragons (see Dragons).
"And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes." (Isaiah 35:7 KJV)
Fact Finder: What connection is there between papyrus ("paper rush") and the origin of the word "Bible"?