a type of divination done by choosing passages of Scripture at risk and attracting from them indications concerning future events
- A kind of divination, carried out by selecting passages of Scripture at danger, and attracting from their store indications concerning future events.
1753, "divination by opening a novel (especially the Bible) at random," the first verse presenting itself being taken as a prognostication of future events, from biblio- + -mancy. In pagan times, Homer (sortes Homericae) and Virgil (sortes Virgilianae) were utilized.
(n.) A kind of divination, done by selecting passages of Scripture at danger, and attracting from them indications concerning future activities.