What does “Bible” mean? Ironically, I can’t find the word “Bible” anywhere in my Bible! And why do they call it “The Holy Bible?”
Good observation. The word “Bible” does not appear anywhere in scripture. It comes from the Greek biblion (book). Ta biblia simply means “the books,” as in English bibliography. The Bible, as we know, is a library of sixty-six life-giving volumes. And you’re right: there is a certain irony in the slogan of some religious groups, “Bible names for Bible things.” Still, the word serves as a convenient handle.
The Bible is “holy” because it is not just any book, as anyone willing to take it up and let the message penetrate will soon find out. I like the acronym for BIBLE: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.