- 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
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Examples from the Web for higher criticism
If we apply the laws of higher-criticism to this old document a number of things appear, as obvious as they are interesting.The Builders
Joseph Fort Newton
- the use of scientific techniques of literary criticism to establish the sources of the books of the BibleCompare lower criticism
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