American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Critical study of biblical texts to ascertain their literary origins and history and the meaning and intention of the authors.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Criticism which includes the study of the contents, literary character, date, authorship, etc., of any writing. Called also
- n. the scientific study of biblical writings to determine their origin and meaning
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