noun (plural bemas or bemata /-mətə/)
- 1The altar part or sanctuary in ancient and Orthodox churches.More example sentences
- At the far end of every ancient pagan basilica there was an elevated area called the bema.
- Nothing to date has been found in them to indicate ritual space, such as the bema of the Byzantine-period synagogues.
- Further, Loosley has initiated discussion on an even bigger problem: much more work needs to be done on all of the churches of northern Syria, not just those containing bemata.
- 1.1 (bima, bimah) Judaism The podium or platform in a synagogue from which the Torah and Prophets are read.More example sentences
- Just prior to Ne'ilah (the concluding service of Yom Kippur), one of the Chassidic masters ascended the bimah and said tearfully, ‘My dear brothers and sisters!’
- When Ellen read it from the bimah on Shabbat, I was deeply moved.
- The interior remains faithful to the traditional Sephardic liturgy, with the congregation seated face to face and the Rabbi standing on the bimah opposite the Ark.
- 1.2 • historical The platform from which orators spoke in ancient Athens.More example sentences
- The crowd laughed at any speaker's awkwardness or mispronunciations; it hated hearing any speaker going off the topic; it whistled and clapped loudly to force the speaker from the bema.
- This is the "Bema," the orator's stand, whence speak the "demagogues," the molders of Athenian public opinion.
- His first attempt to speak in public proved a failure, and he retired from the bema amidst the hootings and laughter of the citizens.
late 17th century: from Greek bēma 'step, raised place'.
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