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Bible \Bi"ble\ (b[imac]"b'l), n. [F. bible, L. biblia, pl., fr. Gr. bibli`a, pl. of bibli`on, dim. of bi`blos, by`blos, book, prop. Egyptian papyrus.]

  1. A book. [Obs.]

  2. The Book by way of eminence, -- that is, the book which is made up of the writings accepted by Christians as of divine origin and authority, whether such writings be in the original language, or translated; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; -- sometimes in a restricted sense, the Old Testament; as, King James's Bible; Douay Bible; Luther's Bible. Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews; as, a rabbinical Bible.

  3. A book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion; as, the Koran is often called the Mohammedan Bible.

  4. (Fig.) a book with an authoritative exposition of some topic, respected by many who are experts in the field.

    Bible Society, an association for securing the multiplication and wide distribution of the Bible.

    Douay Bible. See Douay Bible.

    Geneva Bible. See under Geneva.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., from Anglo-Latin biblia, Old French bible (13c.) "the Bible," also any large book generally, from Medieval and Late Latin biblia (neuter plural interpreted as feminine singular), in phrase biblia sacra "holy books," a translation of Greek ta biblia to hagia "the holy books," from Greek biblion "paper, scroll," the ordinary word for "book," originally a diminutive of byblos "Egyptian papyrus," possibly so called from Byblos (modern Jebeil, Lebanon), the name of the Phoenician port from which Egyptian papyrus was exported to Greece (compare parchment). Or the place name might be from the Greek word, which then would be probably of Egyptian origin. The Christian scripture was referred to in Greek as Ta Biblia as early as c.223. Bible replaced Old English biblioðece (see bibliothek) as the ordinary word for "the Scriptures." Figurative sense of "any authoritative book" is from 1804.\n\nWalter Scott and Pope's Homer were reading of my own election, but my mother forced me, by steady daily toil, to learn long chapters of the Bible by heart; as well as to read it every syllable through, aloud, hard names and all, from Genesis to the Apocalypse, about once a year; and to that discipline -- patient, accurate, and resolute -- I owe, not only a knowledge of the book, which I find occasionally serviceable, but much of my general power of taking pains, and the best part of my taste in literature. ... [O]nce knowing the 32nd of Deuteronomy, the 119th Psalm, the 15th of 1st Corinthians, the Sermon on the Mount, and most of the Apocalypse, every syllable by heart, and having always a way of thinking with myself what words meant, it was not possible for me, even in the foolishest times of youth, to write entirely superficial or formal English ....

[John Ruskin, "Fors Clavigera," 1871]


Etymology 1 n. A specific version, edition, translation, or copy of one of the above-mentioned texts. n. 1 The main religious text in Christianity. 2 The Jewish holy book that was largely incorporated into the Christian Bible. 3 The analogous holy book of another religion. Etymology 2

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The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, "the books" ) is a collection of sacred texts in Judaism and Christianity. It is a collection of scriptures written at different times by different authors in different locations. Jews and Christians consider the books of the Bible to be a product of divine inspiration or an authoritative record of the relationship between God and humans.

The canonical Bible varies depending on traditions or groups; a number of Bible canons have evolved, with overlapping and diverging contents. The Christian Old Testament overlaps with the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Septuagint; the Hebrew Bible is known in Judaism as the Tanakh. The New Testament is a collection of writings by early Christians, believed to be mostly Jewish disciples of Christ, written in first-century Koine Greek. These early Christian Greek writings consist of narratives, letters, and apocalyptic writings. Among Christian denominations there is some disagreement about the contents of the canon, primarily in the Apocrypha, a list of works that are regarded with varying levels of respect.

Attitudes towards the Bible also vary amongst Christian groups. Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Eastern Orthodox Christians stress the harmony and importance of the Bible and sacred tradition, while Protestant churches focus on the idea of sola scriptura, or scripture alone. This concept arose during the Protestant Reformation, and many denominations today continue to support the use of the Bible as the only source of Christian teaching.

With estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, the Bible is widely considered to be the best-selling book of all time. It has estimated annual sales of 100 million copies, and has been a major influence on literature and history, especially in the West where the Gutenberg Bible was the first mass-printed book. It was the first book ever printed using movable type.

Bible (disambiguation)

The Bible is a canonical collection of texts treated as the scripture by Christianity and Judaism and as a sacred text by Islam.

Bible or The Bible may also refer to:

Bible (screenwriting)

A bible (also known as a story bible or show bible) is a reference document used by screenwriters for information on a television series' characters, settings, and other elements.

Usage examples of "bible".

But they do say as how your faither was a minister, and that ye do ken a great deal about the Bible and all.

It is sometimes said that the origin and growth of the Anabaptists was due to the German translation of the Bible.

Bible, Judith annointed herself with perfumes, including lavender, before seducing Holofernes, the enemy commander.

Geneva Bible continued to hold its position in English affections, at least partly because it was so useful for its notes and appendices, a guidebook to the world of the divine.

Still dazed, I found the copy of the New English Bible and, confronting Beth in the bacchante room, swore on the Book never to have anything to do with Tamar again.

It must be remembered that the Koran is the work of Muhammad alone, while the Biblos, or Book, commonly called the Bible, is the work of many men.

It was also called biblos by Homer and Herodotus, whence our term bible.

This phenomenon is constantly reported in the Bible, in the Lives of the Saints by the Bollandists, in the experiences of the early Irvingites, in witch trials, in Iamblichus, and in savage and European folklore.

Ay, and when he thinks of the plenty of bible swords which he left behind him, destined to prove, and which have already proved, pretty calthrops in the heels of Popery.

As in most homes, the day at Canons Grange began with the household assembling for prayers and a Bible reading.

The only thing I found that rattled the mom was a Christer Bible tucked into the back of the bottom drawer of the nightstand.

He also is coeditor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha and general editor of more than twenty-five volumes in the series New Testament Tools and Studies.

The order of the books of the Hebrew Bible differs from that of the Christian Old Testament, while the Catholic OT has inter-testamental books and the Protestant OT does not.

Bible class and pass out dinkey little reward-of-merit cards to the prize pupils!

Sometimes she would be assisted by a giant figure, black as a bible and stripped to the waist, an unrecognizable apprentice who, obedient as a djin, would calmly execute her every order.