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Sibylline Oracles

SIBYLLINE ORACLES, sĭb’ ə lēn. Fifteen books of prophecies or oracles, containing Jewish, Christian, and pagan elements, written in imitation of pagan oracles. Sibyl was a prophetess of Cumae. The original Sibylline books are supposed to have burned in Rome’s fire of 82 b.c. In the attempt to supplement and replace them, “false” oracles in the classical form were produced. These date from c. 150 b.c. to about a.d. 300, perhaps later. They are mentioned in such church fathers as Hermas, Justin, Theophilus of Antioch, [[Clement of Alexandria]].