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The practice of using two columns with compact texts dates back to at least the fifteenth century, which in turn was just a continuation of an older tradition of narrow columns in horizontally opened scrolls. Both the Gutenberg Bible and the original King James Version (see: How the King James Bible Came About) used two columns, and many Bibles are still printed this way today. But why?

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Sources:

http://www.worldview.org/relay/the-case-against-reference-bibles/
https://www.crossway.org/blog/2006/05/two-column-bibles/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Column_(typography)
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/09/balancing-line-length-font-size-responsive-web-design/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_paper
https://blog.logos.com/2015/09/why-bible-typography-matters/
https://pastorbrett.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/in-praise-of-single-column-bibles/
http://www.bibledesignblog.com/2008/05/why-paragraphs.html
http://amazingbibletimeline.com/bible_questions/q10_bible_facts_statistics/

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