What does bema mean?
The definition of bema
Be”ma, n.
Etym: [Gr. step, platform.]

1 (Gr. Antiq.)
A platform from which speakers addressed an assembly. Mitford.
2 (Arch.)

(a) That part of an early Christian church which was reserved for the higher clergy; the inner or eastern part of the chancel.
(b) Erroneously: A pulpit.