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noun
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.
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Origin of higher criticism

First recorded in 1830–40
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higher criticism

noun
the use of scientific techniques of literary criticism to establish the sources of the books of the BibleCompare lower criticism
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