Why is it called the Bible?

Why is it called the Bible?

From Dake:

The word Bible is not in the English version of Scripture. It is the equivalent of the Gr. word biblia, meaning books. The term the books (ta biblia in Gr.) occurs in Dan. 9:2 of the Septuagint, referring to the prophetic writings; similarly in 1 Mac. 12:9, the holy books. The usage was taken up by the Christian church for the O.T., and later was extended to mean the whole of the Scriptures. The Bible came to be termed such by Clement in the middle of the 2nd century; he called the sacred writings ta biblia - The Books. Jerome's name for the Bible (4th century) was The Divine Library. Afterward there was an important change from the plural to the singular meaning. In the 13th century The Books by common consent became The Book - The Bible.

For the scripture in Maccabees, you'll have to look at the Douay-Rheims Catholic bible.


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