higher criticism


: study of biblical writings to determine their literary history and the purpose and meaning of the authors compare lower criticism
higher critic noun

Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of higher criticism was in 1822

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“Higher criticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher%20criticism. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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