What does Bible mean?

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ˈbaɪ bəlBible

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bible, Christian Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God, Wordnoun

    the sacred writings of the Christian religions

    "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"

  2. biblenoun

    a book regarded as authoritative in its field

Wiktionary

  1. biblenoun

    A comprehensive manual that describes something. (e.g., handyman's bible).

  2. biblenoun

    A holystone.

  3. Biblenoun

    The Christian holy book.

  4. Biblenoun

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

  5. Biblenoun

    The analogous holy book of another religion.

  6. Biblenoun

    A specific version, edition, translation, or copy of any of the above.

  7. Etymology: See bible.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Biblenoun

    The sacred volume in which are contained the revelations of God.

    Etymology: from βἴϐλιον, a book; called, by way of excellence, The Book.

    If we pass from the apostolic to the next ages of the church, the primitive christians looked on their bibles as their most important treasure. Government of the Tongue, § 3.

    We must take heed how we accustom ourselves to a slight and irreverent use of the name of God, and of the phrases and expressions of the holy bible, which ought not to be applied upon every slight occasion. John Tillotson, sermon i.

    In questions of natural religion, we should confirm and improve, or connect our reasonings, by the divine assistance of the bible. Isaac Watts, Logick.

Wikipedia

  1. Bible

    The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, "the books") is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred to Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafari and others. They generally consider the Bible to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. The Bible appears in the form of an anthology, a compilation of texts of a variety of forms that are all linked by the belief that they collectively contain the word of God. These texts include theologically-focused historical accounts, hymns, parables, didactic letters, erotica, sermons, poetry, and prophecies. Those books included in the Bible by a tradition or group are called canonical, indicating that the tradition/group views the collection as the true representation of God's word and will. A number of Biblical canons have evolved, with overlapping and diverging contents from denomination to denomination. The Hebrew Bible overlaps with the Greek Septuagint and the Christian Old Testament. The Christian New Testament is a collection of writings by early Christians, believed to be mostly Jewish disciples of Christ, written in first-century Koine Greek. Among Christian denominations there is some disagreement about what should be included in the canon, primarily about the biblical apocrypha, a list of works that are regarded with varying levels of respect. Attitudes towards the Bible also differ among Christian groups. Roman Catholics, high church Anglicans, Methodists and Eastern Orthodox Christians stress the harmony and importance of both the Bible and sacred tradition, while many Protestant churches focus on the idea of sola scriptura, or scripture alone. This concept rose to prominence during the Reformation, and many denominations today support the use of the Bible as the only infallible source of Christian teaching. Others though, advance the concept of prima scriptura in contrast.The Bible has had a massive influence on literature and history, especially in the Western world, where the Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed using movable type. According to the March 2007 edition of Time, the Bible "has done more to shape literature, history, entertainment, and culture than any book ever written. Its influence on world history is unparalleled, and shows no signs of abating." With estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, it is widely considered to be the best-selling book of all time. As of the 2000s, it sells approximately 100 million copies annually.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Biblenoun

    a book

  2. Biblenoun

    the Book by way of eminence, -- that is, the book which is made up of the writings accepted by Christians as of divine origin and authority, whether such writings be in the original language, or translated; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; -- sometimes in a restricted sense, the Old Testament; as, King James's Bible; Douay Bible; Luther's Bible. Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews; as, a rabbinical Bible

  3. Biblenoun

    a book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion; as, the Koran is often called the Mohammedan Bible

  4. Biblenoun

    a book with an authoritative exposition of some topic, respected by many who are experts in the field

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bible

    bī′bl, n. the sacred writings of the Christian Church, consisting of the Old and New Testaments.—adj. Bib′lical, of or relating to the Bible: scriptural.—adv. Bib′lically.—ns. Bib′licism, biblical doctrine, learning, or literature; Bib′licist, Bīb′list, one versed in biblical learning: one who makes Scripture the sole rule of faith. [Fr.—Low L. biblia, fem. sing., earlier neut. pl., from Gr. ta biblia, lit. 'the books,' esp. the canonical books of Scripture, biblion, a book, dim. of biblos, papyrus, paper.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bible

    1. One of a small number of fundamental source books such as Knuth, K&R, or the Camel Book. 2. The most detailed and authoritative reference for a particular language, operating system, or other complex software system.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Bible

    The book composed of writings generally accepted by Christians as inspired by God and of divine authority. (Webster, 3d ed)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bible

    A hand-axe. Also, a squared piece of freestone to grind the deck with sand in cleaning it; a small holy-stone, so called from seamen using them kneeling.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4776

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3004

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bible' in Nouns Frequency: #1783

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bible in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Bible in a Sentence

  1. Stylish Candace Cameron-Bure:

    The reality is the glue for us is Jesus, it’s the Bible. You know, when there are arguments or we’re compromising and in ways, it’s always like, ‘Well, let’s just go back to the Bible.’ It’s the foundation for us. So it’s not about winning or losing. But doing this journey together.

  2. Chaplain David Wells:

    They told us we could not preach that homosexuality is a sin – period, we would not have even been able to read Bible verses that dealt with LGBT issues.

  3. Krissy Miles:

    Instead, the Bible tells us that Abram ‘fell into a deep sleep’ and had a vision of ‘a smoking firepot and a blazing torch’ passing between the pieces.

  4. Lauren Boebert:

    I learned to have limitless thinking from reading the Bible.

  5. Elizabeth Baranyai:

    The people who were in there, they were good people who got misguided and lost their way, being used by David Koresh who was a master manipulator of people, but underneath all of that, they were good people. That’s the real tragedy of the story. That good people can be so badly used. But it was difficult to stand up to him… Those people sitting in those Bible studies day in and day out for hours at a time, I don’t know why they couldn’t see it.

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