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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 75. What Is Historical Criticism?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44937


The recognition that the Bible is a book belonging to distant peoples in bygone times has led to the idea that this distance is the chief obstacle to understanding the Bible correctly. Despite the rise of critical theory after World War II, historical criticism still represents the mainstream of biblical studies.

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