Bibliomancy

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Bibliomancy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bibliomancy \Bib"li*o*man`cy\, n. [Gr. ? book + -mancy: cf. F. bibliomancie.] A kind of divination, performed by selecting passages of Scripture at hazard, and drawing from them indications concerning future events.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bibliomancy'


Bibliomancy is the use of books in divination. The method of employing sacred books (especially specific words and verses) for 'magical medicine', for removing negative entities, or for divination is widespread in many religions of the world:

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word bibliomancy (etymologically from biblio- "books" and -mancy "divination by means of") "divination by books, or by verses of the Bible" was first recorded in 1753 (Chambers' Cyclopedia). Sometimes this term is used synonymously with stichomancy (from sticho- "row, line, verse") "divination by lines of verse in books taken at hazard", which was first recorded ca. 1693 (Urquhart's Rabelais).

Bibliomancy compares with rhapsodomancy (from rhapsode "poem, song, ode") "divination by reading a random passage from a poem". A historical precedent was the ancient Roman practice of sortes "sortilege, divination by drawing lots", which specialized into sortes Homerica, sortes Virgilianae, and sortes Sanctorum, using the texts of Homer, Virgil, and the Bible.

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