noun, plural be·ma·ta [bee-muh-tuh] /ˈbi mə tə/, be·mas.
Origin of bema
Examples from the Web for bema
The dome, bema, and the barrel vault in the lower story (p. 285) seem to be laid with true radiating joints.
The side aisles still communicated with the church and the lateral chapels with the bema.
In Greece the bema was the general name of any raised platform.
To accommodate the people and to enjoy the repose of midday, Roman governors, Suetonius tells us, mounted the bema at sunrise.The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)|Walter M. Chandler
This allows of an east window in the tympanum of the dome arch above the bema.