bibliomancy

bibliomancy

[bib-lee-oh-man-see]
noun
divination by means of a book, especially the Bible, opened at random to some verse or passage, which is then interpreted.

Origin:
1745–55; biblio- + -mancy

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bibliomancy (ˈbɪblɪəʊˌmænsɪ)
 
n
prediction of the future by interpreting a passage chosen at random from a book, esp the Bible

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bibliomancy
1753, "divination by opening a book (especially the Bible) at random," the first verse presenting itself being taken as a prognostication of future events, from biblio- + manteia "divination" (see -mancy). In pagan times, Homer (sortes Homericæ) and Virgil (sortes Virgilianæ) were used.
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