lower criticism

[loh-er]

noun

a form of Biblical criticism having as its purpose the reconstruction of the original texts of the books of the Bible.

Origin of lower criticism

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called textual criticism.
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Related Words for lower criticism

criticism

British Dictionary definitions for lower criticism

lower criticism

noun

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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