As the very name itself suggests, this kind of literary device finds its roots in biblical origins. This term refers to the practice of basing a plot happening or event and anticipating the results it will have on a faction of the Bible. It involves a random selection process wherein the biblical passage is chosen as a founding stone for basing the outcome of the writing. In an overall context, not limited to just literature, bibliomancy refers to foretelling the future by turning to random portions of the Bible for guidance.

The Vedas serve as a tool for bibliomancy to the Hindus while Muslims rely on the Koran.

9 thoughts on “Bibliomancy”

  1. A Bibliomancy would be any biblical reference I would think. Like Charles Dickens in ‘Hard Times’ calling the chimneys of Coketown: ”Competing Towers of Babel”.
    This dooms the chimneys to fail, and also suggests that the aristocracy are trying so reach divine heights.

  2. I hope i can make some sense…
    I understand the act to use a random page from the bible and interpet it to spiritually guide oneself, but is this an act based on the belief that a random book can hold secrets and messages. Or is this a practice that is followed within the religion, by having faith?

  3. Anytime a Christian picks a random scripture they are practicing Bibliomancy and seeking a hidden spiritual meaning and they don’t even know it.

  4. Etymology and Definition
    Bibliomancy was a form of divination involving the opening of a book (often a holy text) to a random page and seeking inspiration there. Biblio was the Greek word for book, as in bibliophile. The word Bible is eventually derived from Biblio, and is the best known example of this root word.

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