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Redaction Criticism of the Bible
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[German Version]

I. Definition

In the context of historical biblical scholarship, redaction criticism examines the growth of a text from its first appearance in writing through possible editorial stages to the form reconstructed by text criticism. This process of textual transformation described by redaction criticism is called redaction history. Here redaction means the written revision of a text (either formerly retold orally or already in writing) and its recasting…

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Schmitt, Hans-Christoph, “Redaction Criticism of the Bible”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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