- a form of Biblical criticism having as its purpose the reconstruction of the original texts of the books of the Bible.
Compare higher criticism.
Origin of lower criticism
First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called textual criticism.
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- textual criticism, esp the study of the extant manuscripts of the Scriptures in order to establish the original textCompare higher criticism
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