The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
LibraryA collection of writings and other artistic compositions arranged for use. Libraries in antiquity existed as temple, municipal, and private collections and, unlike modern libraries, consisted perhaps entirely of written works. In a limited but no less accurate sense, a book such as the Vedas
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LIBRARY — a collection of books for private or personal use. Libraries are depositories of culture; therefore, they are often the only link between the past and the present. For example, excavations of the libraries at Ras Shamra (Ugarit) and Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls) have given scholars vital insights
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
LIBRARIES<li’-bra-riz>, <li’-brer-iz>:A library is a book or books kept for use, not for sale. A one-book library is just as much a library as a one-cell animal is animal. The earliest libraries, like the earliest plants and animals, were very simple, consisting of a few books or perhaps only a single
A Catholic Dictionary
libraries. The two captures of Rome in the fifth century, first by Alaric and afterwards by Genseric, must have been fatal to any large accumulation of books in the Eternal City; but mention is made of a Vatican library in the time of Pope Vigilius (†555), and under Leo IV. (†855), the Cardinal Bishop
Compton’s Encyclopedia
libraryPrinted books and periodicals have long been collected, preserved, stored, and made ready for use in libraries. In the 20th century libraries also became major collectors of maps, prints and photographs, reproductions of printed materials (such as on microfilm), recorded sound and moving images,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LIBRARY Systematically arranged collection of writings. A private library is one owned by an individual; a public library is one owned corporately and is open to use by many. A special library of official records is an archive. Many of the earliest libraries were archives housed in palaces or temples.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
library. A library is a collection of books, large or small, purposely brought together by, and in the possession of, an individual or an institution (as contrasted with an accumulation of books for commercial purposes). Often a library possessed by an individual ultimately becomes part of an institution
Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, Volumes I–IV
Libraries & BooksLibraries are collections of books. In antiquity all books were manuscripts, that is, they were written and copied by hand. “Books” were inscribed on clay tablets in ancient Mesopotamia, Syria, and Anatolia, and on papyrus and leather scrolls elsewhere. Many text collections in Mesopotamia
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Libraries, Christian
LIBRARIES, Christian. Ranked among the greatest centers of Christian theological culture during the late 2nd and 1st half of the 3rd c. were, first, *Alexandria in Egypt, then *Caesarea in *Palestine and *Jerusalem. *Clement and *Origen taught at Alexandria, where a scriptorium and a library were attached
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