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1. An expert on the Bible.
2. One who interprets the Bible literally.

Bib′li·cism n.
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(ˈbɪblɪsɪst) or


1. (Bible) a biblical scholar
2. (Theology) a person who takes the Bible literally
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(ˈbɪb lə sɪst)

1. a person who interprets the Bible literally or strictly.
2. a biblical scholar.
Bib`li•cis′tic, adj.
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1. an expert in biblical text and exegesis.
2. a person who strictly follows the teachings of the Bible.
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