Bible Definition

The sacred book of Christianity, a collection of ancient writings including the books of both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
American Heritage
The sacred book of Christianity; Old Testament and New Testament: some Roman Catholic versions also include all or part of the Apocrypha.
Webster's New World
The Hebrew Scriptures, the sacred book of Judaism.
American Heritage
The Holy Scriptures of Judaism, identical with the Old Testament of Christianity.
Webster's New World
A particular copy of a Bible.
The old family Bible.
American Heritage

The main religious text in Christianity.

In my religion class we learn about the Bible, as well as religious texts of other religions.

The Jewish holy book that was largely incorporated into the Christian Bible.

She's Jewish, but she doesn't read the Bible because she's not religious.

The analogous holy book of another religion.


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Origin of Bible

  • English from the 14th century, from Middle Latin biblia (“book”) (reinterpreted as a feminine from earlier Latin neuter plural biblia (“books”)), from Ancient Greek βιβλία (biblia, “books”), plural of βιβλίον (biblion, “small book”), originally a diminutive of βίβλος (biblos, “book”), from βύβλος (bublos, “papyrus”) (from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this writing material).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin biblia from Greek pl. of biblion book diminutive of biblos papyrus, book from Bublos , Byblos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English used biblioðece (from βιβλιοθήκη) for "the Scriptures".

    From Wiktionary

  • See bible.

    From Wiktionary

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