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Higher Criticism

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Biblical Higher Criticism

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Course: 
Early Christianity
Lecture: 
1012 Lecture 1B

Some Definitions

Historical criticism or Higher criticism is a branch of literary analysis that investigates the origins of a text: as applied in biblical studies it naturally investigates foremost the books of the Bible.

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http://politeacademics.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
June 14, 2010
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Why Documentary Hypothesis Failed

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The literary analysis embodied in the higher criticism not only attempted to explain the compositional history of the Pentateuch, it also served as the basis for reconstructing the evolution of religious ideas in Israel and early Judaism. The earliest sources, J and E (which Wellhausen wisely did not try to distinguish too systematically), were thought to reflect a more primitive stage of nature religion based on the kinship group.

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http://theophyle.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
June 11, 2009
Book: 
Miscellaneous Bible Articles from Theophyle's English Blog
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