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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.
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(Bible) the use of scientific techniques of literary criticism to establish the sources of the books of the Bible. Compare lower criticism
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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.
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the analysis of Biblical materials that aims to ascertain, from internal evidence, authorship, date, and intent. Cf. Lower Criticism.See also: Bible
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|Noun||1.||higher criticism - the scientific study of biblical writings to determine their origin and meaning|
textual criticism - comparison of a particular text with related materials in order to establish authenticity
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