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bema


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bema  \Be"ma\,  n.  [Gr.  ?  step,  platform.] 
  1.  (Gr.  Antiq.)  A  platform  from  which  speakers  addressed  an 
  assembly.  --Mitford. 
 
  2.  (Arch.) 
  a  That  part  of  an  early  Christian  church  which  was 
  reserved  for  the  higher  clergy;  the  inner  or  eastern 
  part  of  the  chancel. 
  b  Erroneously:  A  pulpit. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bema 
  n  :  area  around  the  altar  of  a  church  for  the  clergy  and  choir; 
  often  enclosed  by  a  lattice  or  railing  [syn:  {chancel},  {sanctuary}] 




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