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Critical study of biblical texts to ascertain their literary origins and history and the meaning and intention of the authors.
higher critic n.
(Bible) the use of scientific techniques of literary criticism to establish the sources of the books of the Bible. Compare lower criticism
the study of the Bible having as its object the establishment of such facts as authorship and date of composition, as well as determination of a basis for exegesis.
the analysis of Biblical materials that aims to ascertain, from internal evidence, authorship, date, and intent. Cf. Lower Criticism.See also: Bible