The Easton Bible Dictionary
provides the following definition, meaning and
emblem for the Books Christian Symbol in the Bible.
Sealed books are those whose contents are secret (Isa.
29:11; Rev. 5:1-3). To "eat" a book (Jer. 15:16;
Ezek. 2:8-10; 3:1-3; Rev. 10:9) is to study its
The Book of Judgment (Dan. 7:10) refers to the
method of human courts of justice as illustrating
the proceedings which will take place at the day of
God's final judgment. The book of the wars of the
Lord (Num. 21:14), the book of Jasher (Josh. 10:13),
and the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah
and Israel (2 Chr. 25:26), were probably ancient
documents known to the Hebrews, but not forming a
part of the canon.
The Book of Life (Ps. 69:28) suggests the idea that
as the redeemed form a community or citizenship
(Phil. 3:20; 4:3), a catalogue of the citizens'
names is preserved (Luke 10:20; Rev. 20:15). Their
names are registered in heaven (Luke 10:20; Rev.
The Book of the Covenant (Ex. 24:7), containing Ex.
20:22-23:33, is the first book actually mentioned as
a part of the written word. It contains a series of
laws, civil, social, and religious, given to Moses
at Sinai immediately after the delivery of the
decalogue. These were written in this "book."
To curse by bell, book and candle is a solemn form
of excommunication used in the Roman Catholic
church, the bell being tolled, the book of offices
for the purpose being used, and three candles being
extinguished with certain ceremonies.
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