Where does the word “Bible” come from and What does Bible mean in Greek?

Though the word “Bible” traces back to the Greek biblia, little books, the Greek word was itself derived from byblos, which was the name for the particular kind of papyrus from which ancient books were made.

Such books, of course, were not bound into pages, but were long rolls or scrolls of paper, each scroll containing an entire book, closely written.

Probably during the third century of the Christian. Era it became customary among the Church Fathers to speak reverently of the Holy Books as to biblia, the books. In such fashion biblia came to refer especially to the collection of books sacred to Christians.

The term was early anglicized to Bible.

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