Why Is Scripture Called the Bible?

Why Is Scripture Called the Bible?
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While there are no exact figures to cite, most claim the Bible is the world's best-selling book of all time. It has been translated into countless languages and generally speaking is a book most people own.

However, even though it is a popular book, few know the origins of its name.

The English word “Bible” has at its root the Latin word biblia, which in turn is derived from the Greek biblion. Both ancient words originally meant “book.” Early on, Christians began to identify the collection of sacred writings as a single volume of inspired text. According to Douglas Harper, “The Christian scripture was referred to in Greek as Ta Biblia as early as c. 223.”

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