The enclosure of the bema, with its columns and entablatures, was of silver gilt, and set with gems and pearls.
In Greece the bema was the general name of any raised platform.
Under the bema the Russian explorers discovered a small cruciform crypt.
To accommodate the people and to enjoy the repose of midday, Roman governors, Suetonius tells us, mounted the bema at sunrise.
The bema and the two lateral chapels have cross-groined vaults.
Still it rejoiced him to hear the noble truths of democracy delivered as it were from the bema.
Twice I went to the bema and spoke to those priests and that mangy rabble.
His friends and relatives tried in vain to stop him making himself ridiculous and being dragged down from the bema.
In the chord of the bema stood the holy table with its ciborium or canopy of gold.
The bema, on which he sat to administer justice, was probably the golden throne of Archelaus.