bema /ˈbiːmə/


I. noun

1. the altar part or sanctuary in ancient and Orthodox churches.
2. (usu. bimah) the podium or platform in a synagogue from which the Torah and Prophets are read.
‹historical› the platform from which orators spoke in ancient Athens.
– origin late 17th cent.: from Greek bēma ‘step, raised place’.

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