Eastern Church. the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel.
(in a Christian basilica) an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse.
a platform for public speaking.
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How to use bema in a sentence
In the chord of the bema stood the holy table with its ciborium or canopy of gold.
His friends and relatives tried in vain to stop him making himself ridiculous and being dragged down from the bema.The Memorabilia | Xenophon
Looking out from his place at the foot of the pillar, he saw a man standing far off in the lofty bema.The Blue Flower, and Others | Henry van Dyke
The bema, on which he sat to administer justice, was probably the golden throne of Archelaus.Little Folks (October 1884) | Various
It is then carried round the building, and forms the impost moulding of the side arches in the bema and of the east window.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople | Alexander Van Millingen
British Dictionary definitions for bema
the speaker's platform in the assembly in ancient Athens
Eastern Orthodox Church a raised area surrounding the altar in a church; the sanctuary
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