Word Origin & History

O.E. biblioðece "the Scriptures," from L. bibliotheka "library," from Gk. bibliotheke, lit. "book-repository" (from biblion + theke "case, chest, sheath," from base of tithenai "to put, place;" see theme), used of the Bible by Jerome and the common L. word for it until
Biblia began to displace it 9c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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