Why is the Bible called the Bible?


Quite simply, the word “Bible” means “books.”

Oxford English Dictionary traces the path of the word through the Greek ta biblia, meaning “the books,” originating from a word in Semitic languages, biblos, meaning “papyrus, scroll.”

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Biblica, the International Bible Society, is a worldwide ministry that has been helping people read and understand God’s Word for over 200 years. We are committed to providing the Bible in accurate, contemporary translations and formats so that more people around the world will have the opportunity to be transformed by Jesus Christ. We do this through translation and publishing, by making the Bible accessible, and with innovative Bible engagement programs like Community Bible Experience. To learn more about our ministry and how you can partner with us to share God’s Word with people around the world, go to our ministry page.