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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary

Bibliomancy

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A kind of divination performed by means of the Bible. It consisted in taking passages of Scripture at hazard, and drawing indications thence concerning things future. It was much used at the consecration of bishops. F. J. Davidius, a Jesuit, has published a bibliomancy under the borrowed name of Veridic Christian. It has been affirmed that some well-meaning people practise a kind of bibliomancy with respect to the future state of their souls; and, when they have happened to fix on a text of an awful nature, it has almost driven them to despair. It certainly is not the way to know the mind of God by choosing detached parts of Scripture, or by drawing a card on which a passage may be written, the sense of which is to be gathered only from the context.


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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Bibliomancy'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/cbd/b/bibliomancy.html. 1802.

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Thursday, July 18th, 2019
the Week of Proper 10 / Ordinary 15
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