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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.
Origin of higher criticism
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for higher criticism
Historical Examples
  • From this department he graduated into the field of the higher criticism.

  • The higher criticism had entered into our ethics as well as our theology.

    A Short History of England

    G. K. Chesterton
  • Nor the Easter eggs, since the higher criticism has hard-boiled them.

  • Colonel Elliot provides us with six pages of the higher criticism.

  • This is the logical sequence of the higher criticism of the Pentateuch.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
  • But that was before the clergy invented "the higher criticism" to disarm "infidelity."

    The Book Of God G. W. Foote
  • How like is all this to the higher criticism of Homeric Wiederholungen!

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
  • Here, in short, were the tools of what is known as the "higher criticism."

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • The history of higher criticism is the history of a succession of theories.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • You've been talking a lot about the Bible and the higher criticism.

    Magic G.K. Chesterton
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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