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1. The name ‘Bible’ comes from the name of the city Byblos, the most important transshipment port for Egyptian papyrus on the eastern coast of the Levant. From this name the word biblion is derived—the Greek word for the written page of papyrus, as well as for the scroll or book which it composes. The plural, bíblia, usually meant all sacred and liturgical books, and was adopted by the Christians restrictively, as the name denoting their canonical writings. Now it could be used in Latin as a singular: biblia, …

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Reichert, Andreas, “Bible”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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