How to Make a Roman Wax Tabula
To commemorate Sts. Zechariah & Elizabeth on September 5th, consider making a real Roman Wax Tabula similar to the one St. Zechariah may have used to write “His name is John.”. In Luke 1:57-80, we read of Zechariah’s naming of St. John the Baptist. “And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.” A tablula, Latin for tablet, would likely have been made with a wood frame and filled with beeswax on which one would write with a stylus made of wood or bone.