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Higher Criticism 

This method of scriptural interpretation was considered a step beyond text criticism (lower criticism) because it was dealing with larger historical problems. Source criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, and narrative criticism are the most widely used "higher" methods. All these methods assume that the biblical texts have developed over time within various specific Christian communities, and that the biblical material must be understood in its cultural and historical context. See Lower Criticism. 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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