textual criticism

Definitions of textual criticism
  1. noun
    comparison of a particular text with related materials in order to establish authenticity
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    higher criticism
    the scientific study of biblical writings to determine their origin and meaning
    lower criticism
    the study of existing manuscripts of the Scriptures in order to determine the original text
    Masora, Masorah
    a vast body of textual criticism of the Hebrew Scriptures including notes on features of writing and on the occurrence of certain words and on variant sources and instructions for pronunciation and other comments that were written between AD 600 and 900 by Jewish scribes in the margins or at the end of texts
    type of:
    criticism, literary criticism
    a written evaluation of a work of literature
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