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CRITICISM, TEXTUAL

Applied to the Bible, it is the study of the text of the Scriptures to determine, as far as possible, what had actually been written by the inspired authors. It deals with manuscripts, their preservation and comparison, and is the basis for all other research on the Bible.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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