nounpl. be′mata or be′mas
- in ancient Greece, a speaker's platform
- Eastern Orthodox Ch. the enclosed area surrounding the altar
Origin of bemaClassical Greek b?ma, platform, literally , a step from base of bainein, to go: see come
- Judaism The platform from which services are conducted in a synagogue. Also called almemar .
- Eastern Orthodox Church The area of a church in which the altar is located; the sanctuary.
Origin of bemaUltimately from Greek bēma step, platform ; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(plural bemas or bemata)
From Ancient Greek βῆμα (bema, “a step”)