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higher 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.
Compare lower criticism.
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1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for higher criticism

higher criticism

the use of scientific techniques of literary criticism to establish the sources of the books of the Bible Compare lower criticism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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