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form criticism

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A method of textual criticism, applied especially to the Bible, for tracing the origin and history of certain passages through systematic study of the writings in terms of conventional literary forms, such as parables, proverbs, and love poems.

form critic n.

form criticism

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(Bible) literary criticism concerned esp with analysing the Bible in terms of the literary forms used, such as proverbs, songs, or stories, and relating them to their historical forms and background
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The great twentieth-century form critic Hermann Gunkel famously asserted, "Urzeit ist Endzeit"--the beginning of all things and the end of all things are one.
Form critics too should find the book of interest, as the respective Sitze im Leben of the Q materials are considered.
Bell has confidence in his colt's chances of upholding the Derby form at a time of year when form critics traditionally find flaws in the race.