Bible Q&A: Why is the Bible Called “the Bible”?

Why is the Bible called “the Bible”?

The term Bible is derived from Greek.  Ancient books were written on the byblos or papyrus reed.  From byblos came the Greek word for “book,” which is biblos.  Biblos is used in Matthew 1:1:  “The book (biblos) of the genealogy of Jesus Christ…”

As the books of Scripture were written, early Christians began to refer to them as “the Books, ” or “the Biblia”…the Bible.

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