The name commonly used for the 39 books in the Old Testament and the 27 books in the New Testament. The English word "Bible" came originally from the name of the 'papyrus' or "biblos" reed used in ancient times (esp. Phoenicia) for making scrolls or books.

The word "Bible" comes from the Old French through the Latin "Biblia," from the Greek. The Greeks called a book "biblos" and a small book "biblion."

By the 2nd century A.D. Greek christians called their Holy Scriptures "ta Biblia" (ie. "the Books") and transferred to Latin in the singular and through Old French came the English word "Bible."