(See criticism) this term has two distinct senses:
(i) identification of the sources and parts of a composite text through changes of vocabulary and style suggesting different authors. Flourishing in the 19th century this form of analysis was already used in the Early Church (e.g. Origen distinguished Hebrews from the Pauline corpus).
(ii) the study and understanding of biblical texts as forms of literature, applying the methods used to study modern literary texts to the study of the Bible, including analysis of the poetics and rhetorical features of the passage.
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