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Related to textual criticism: form criticism
1. The study of manuscripts or printings to determine the original or most authoritative form of a text, especially of a piece of literature.
2. Literary criticism stressing close reading and detailed analysis of a particular text.
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the scholarly study of manuscripts, esp of the Bible, in an effort to establish the original text
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary criticism emphasizing a close analysis of the text
textual critic n
low′er crit′icism(ˈloʊ ər)
Biblical criticism having as its purpose the reconstruction of the original texts of the books of the Bible. Also called textual criticism. Compare higher criticism.
the close study of a particular literary work in order to establish its original text. — textual critic, n.See also: Criticism
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higher criticism - the scientific study of biblical writings to determine their origin and meaning
lower criticism - the study of existing manuscripts of the Scriptures in order to determine the original text
Masora, Masorah - a vast body of textual criticism of the Hebrew Scriptures including notes on features of writing and on the occurrence of certain words and on variant sources and instructions for pronunciation and other comments that were written between AD 600 and 900 by Jewish scribes in the margins or at the end of texts