higher criticism

noun
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.
Compare lower criticism.


Origin:
1830–40

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higher criticism
 
n
Compare lower criticism the use of scientific techniques of literary criticism to establish the sources of the books of the Bible

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