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Meaning of bema

be•ma

Pronunciation: (bē'mu), [key]
— pl. -ma•ta -mas.
  1. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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