adjective bib·lio·cen·tric \¦bi-blē-ə-¦sen-trik, -blē-ō-\

Definition of bibliocentric

  1. 1 :  placing great or central importance on printed texts Neither personal nor grounded in immediate circumstance, his was the more sweeping and fundamental distrust with which a bibliocentric society views one grounded in oral practice … — Bruce Lincoln, Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship, 1999 Although the bibliocentric nature of the volume is not entirely unexpected given the subject matter, a more conscientious push into the mainstream of historiographic research … would have been welcome. — Vadim Jigoulov, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1 Apr. 2007 Science journals and reports thrive in an electronic environment. But for bibliocentric disciplines—the humanities and the narrative-driven social sciences—a different calculus applies. Here the book remains the real coin of the academy's imaginary realm. — William P. Germano, Getting It Published, 2008

  2. 2 :  centered on or deriving from the Bible A bibliocentric regard for sacred texts and the irresistibleness of secular appeal inhabit Tschernichowsky's declaration of faithfulness, a duality that offered a bridge between Hebrew soul and foreign idyll. — Joe Lockard, American Indian Quarterly, 1 Jan. 2000 Unlike Platonic esoteric thinking, which embraces a form of secrecy that is much more political and is articulated in an environment that did not cultivate a canonic text, i.e., the Greek polis, rabbinic religiosity gravitated around a bibliocentric mentality. — Moshe Idel, Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation, 2002

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