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lower criticism

[loh-er] /ˈloʊ ər/
a form of Biblical criticism having as its purpose the reconstruction of the original texts of the books of the Bible.
Also called textual criticism.
Compare higher criticism.
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First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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lower criticism

textual criticism, esp the study of the extant manuscripts of the Scriptures in order to establish the original text Compare higher criticism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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