form criticism


noun

a method of textual analysis, applied especially to the Bible, in which the origin and history of certain passages are traced by isolating their literary forms, as miracle story, saying, or apothegm, on the assumption that they were fixed by oral tradition prior to compilation in written form.

Nearby words

  1. forlorn hope,
  2. forlì,
  3. form,
  4. form an opinion,
  5. form class,
  6. form drag,
  7. form factor,
  8. form genus,
  9. form letter,
  10. form stop

Origin of form criticism

First recorded in 1925–30

Related formsform-crit·i·cal [fawrm-krit-i-kuh l] /ˈfɔrmˌkrɪt ɪ kəl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for form criticism

form criticism

noun

literary criticism concerned esp with analysing the Bible in terms of the literary forms used, such as proverbs, songs, or stories, and relating them to their historical forms and background
Derived Formsform critic, nounform critical, adjective

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