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textual criticism


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of manuscripts or printings to determine the original or most authoritative form of a text, especially of a piece of literature.
  • n. Literary criticism stressing close reading and detailed analysis of a particular text.

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  • n. comparison of a particular text with related materials in order to establish authenticity


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  • Neither condition has as yet been verified with certainty; quite the contrary, textual criticism seems to indicate that the Comma Johanninum was not at all times and everywhere wont to be read in the Catholic Church and is not contained in the original old Latin Vulgate.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent


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