Origin Of The Word Bible

Q. I have a question that I haven’t seen answered and I couldn’t find it when I did a search on your website. I want to know why the Bible is called the Bible. Where does the name come from and who decided to call the Old and New Testaments together the Bible.

A. Strangely enough, the word Bible does not appear as such in the Bible. The dictionary defines the Bible as the collection of sacred writings of the Christian religion comprising the Old and New Testaments. According to tradition the word is derived from Byblos, the name of a city in Phoenicia (now Lebanon). Byblos is where papyrus, a paper like material on which scrolls and later books were written, was prepared and exported. In ancient Greece the combined Old and New Testaments were first called “la biblia”, which in Greek literally means “the books”.

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