Q & A – What Does the Word Bible Mean or Stand For?



Hi Dave,


What does the word Bible mean or stand for?


Thank you for answering my question.






Dave’s Reply



Dear Regina,


If you're asking what does the word, “Bible,” means, the short answer is that our English term is derived from the Greek noun, ‘biblos,’ which, at the time the New Testament was written, referred to a scroll.  Ancient scrolls were usually made out of sheets of papyrus sewn together.  Many English translations of the New Testament render the Greek term as, “book,” rather than as, “scroll,” (e.g., Matthew 1:1; Mark 12:26; Luke 3:4; 20:42; Acts 1:20; 7:42; 19:19; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; 20:15).  Each of the books of the New Testament would have originally been penned on individual scrolls.  In contemporary English, the word, “Bible,” is used collectively to refer to the various books that make up the Old and New Testaments.  I hope this helps.  If I have misunderstood your question, please let me know.


Best regards,


Dave Maas - The Bible Answer Stand Ministry

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