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Bible Etymology
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The word Bible comes from the town where the Byzantium monks established their first scriptorium, Byblos, in modern Lebanon.
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Are you positive? Because the Greek word for book is biblios, which may very well be how that town got its name, but it seems to me it's just a capital Biblios.

This was also my understanding of the matter...

Research evidence for Byblinos

See my reply to Liz, but in summary, the technology of papyrus was named for the town of Byblos, and not the other way around.

Biblios = Byblinos = Byblos = The town from whence came papyrus

The technology was named for the town. The town's proper name is/was Jbail, or in those times, Gebal. The Greeks named the city Byblos in their language.

Phoenician Gebal was source papyrus as a technology. Papyrus was named byblos and byblinos because it came from Byblos. Papyrus was generally synonymous with "book". The Bible was known as "The Book".

Bible = Book = papyrus = technology from Byblos.

Initial reference was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookbinding . Not the most authoritative on etymology.

It's source was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byblos
The Phoenician city of Gebal was named Byblos by the Greeks, because it was through Gebal that papyrus Bύβλος (bublos; Egyptian papyrus) was imported into Greece. Hence the English word Bible is derived from byblos as "the (papyrus) book."


Dig further, and it's source was http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/86962/Byblos The name Byblos is Greek; papyrus received its early Greek name (byblos, byblinos) from its being exported to the Aegean through Byblos. Hence the English word Bible is derived from byblos as “the (papyrus) book.”</blockquote>

The authors of this article are:
* The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica
* Marco Sampaolo, Information Architect for Encyclopædia Britannica

I consider Britannica Online to be a reliable source and stopped my research there. Further research would require the hardcopy and/or scholarly research into Greek and Phoenician history.

Edited at 2009-12-16 04:15 pm (UTC)

And yah, I had to dig to find out for sure. I didn't have all of this in my melon. I'm not THAT much like Echo/Alpha.

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