from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Critical study of biblical texts to ascertain their literary origins and history and the meaning and intention of the authors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Criticism which includes the study of the contents, literary character, date, authorship, etc., of any writing. Called also historical criticism.
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- n. the scientific study of biblical writings to determine their origin and meaning
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The Broad Church party, however, have remained in the Protestant Episcopal Church, and of late years have seriously affected its attitude towards such subjects as higher criticism and the necessity of episcopal ordination.
Dr. Emil Reich speaks of the bankruptcy of the higher criticism ( "Contemp. Rev.",