bema

[bee-muh]
noun, plural be·ma·ta [bee-muh-tuh] /ˈbi mə tə/, be·mas.
  1. Eastern Church. the enclosed space surrounding the altar; the sanctuary or chancel.
  2. (in a Christian basilica) an open space between the end of the nave arcade and the apse.
  3. bimah.
  4. a platform for public speaking.

Origin of bema

1675–85; < Greek bêma step, platform, equivalent to bē- (verbid stem of baínein to step, go; see come) + -ma (noun suffix denoting result of action)
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bema

bimah or bima

noun
  1. the speaker's platform in the assembly in ancient Athens
  2. Eastern Orthodox Church a raised area surrounding the altar in a church; the sanctuary
  3. Judaism another word for almemar

Word Origin for bema

C17: via Late Latin, from Greek bēma, from bainein to go
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