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form criticism

noun
1.
a method of textual analysis, applied especially to the Bible, in which the origin and history of certain passages are traced by isolating their literary forms, as miracle story, saying, or apothegm, on the assumption that they were fixed by oral tradition prior to compilation in written form.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
Related forms
form-critical
[fawrm-krit-i-kuh l] /ˈfɔrmˌkrɪt ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for form-criticism

form criticism

noun
1.
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
Derived Forms
form critic, noun
form critical, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for form-criticism

form criticism

a method of biblical criticism that seeks to classify units of scripture into literary patterns (such as love poems, parables, sayings, elegies, legends) and that attempts to trace each type to its period of oral transmission. The purpose is to determine the original form and the relationship of the life and thought of the period to the development of the literary tradition.

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