KJV / Byz / TR Resources renewed, Parts 1 & 2

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Jerusalem Blade

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
KJV / Byz / TR Resources renewed (Part 1)

I am posting this anew as there was a serious error in the one I posted years back, plus many of the links of that old post became dead as PB switched to a new site with different formatting.

The first materials here are Byzantine / Majority Text works; I consider the Byz/MT advocates to have done great groundwork of value to us in the defense of the KJV/TR.

Even though some in the Byz/MT school disdain our approach, I will not be subject to “the tyranny of experts” (to use Machen’s memorable phrase) if I do not concur entirely with the methods they use; I may use their work as I see fit, but am not bound by either it or their theoretical constructs. The MT labors are immense and of precious value; we stand on their shoulders – or to perfect the metaphor, we leap from their shoulders to a high rock, upon which we take our stand.

If you find here some online books or articles you greatly value, I would strongly suggest you download them and file them ASAP, for some sites / web pages do not live long. Many I had posted in the past have become defunct, particularly those from Way of Life Literature, which are highly valuable. They may be obtained by purchase, whereas they once were free. I may also add to this list as I find new items or remember old ones – although after a while of disuse, threads here at PB are locked and cannot be added to.


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The Identity of the New Testament Text II, by Wilbur N. Pickering, ThM PhD
The Identity of the New Testament Text -- Wilbur N. Pickering
Chapter 5 is especially good: Chapter 5
Pickering may have newer editions available online

The Ancient Text of the New Testament, By Dr. Jakob van Bruggen

Maurice Robinson and Wm. Pierpont's “Introduction” to The New Testament in the Original Greek According to the Byzantine / Majority Textform.
Introduction to Robinson & Pierpont

James A. Borland, Th.D., http://www.tms.edu/tmsj/tmsj10d.pdf

The online versions of the three following John Burgon works can be gotten here:

Works by John William Burgon | Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels

Inspiration and Interpretation: Seven Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford: With Preliminary Remarks

Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark Vindicated Against Recent Critical Objectors and Established

One of the most valuable of Burgon’s writings is, The Revision Revised, and can be downloaded in pdf here: https://ia800706.us.archive.org/21/items/revisionrevisedt00burg/revisionrevisedt00burg.pdf

Online: https://ccel.org/ccel/burgon/revision_revised/revision_revised.v.html

Codex B and Its Allies: A Study and an Indictment, by Hoskier, Herman Charles

Part I :


Codex B and Its Allies: Part II : https://archive.org/details/codexbanditsalli02hoskuoft

A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, Vol. I by Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose https://archive.org/details/aplainintroducti00scriuoft

A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, Vol. II


Holy Bible: Greek New Testament (Scrivener 1894)
Prepared by Maurice Robinson: https://biblia.com/books/tr1894mr/Mt

PDF: https://info2.sermon-online.com/greek/Bible/Greek-New_Testament_Scrivener_Textus_Receptus_1894.pdf

Various formats: https://archive.org/details/newtestamentinor00scri


The following are the more traditional KJV/TR works

Herman C. Hanko, The Battle for the Bible: https://graceonlinelibrary.org/doct...d/the-battle-for-the-bible-by-herman-c-hanko/

Hanko, The Bible Under Attack: http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/articles/bibleunderattack.html

The King James Version Defended, by Dr. Edward F. Hills

Kindle version with original title, Text and Time: A Reformed Approach to New Testament Textual Criticism

http://standardbearers.net/uploads/The_King_James_Version_Defended_Dr_Edward_F_Hills.pdf (no TOC)

Online w/TOC: http://www.biblebelievers.com/KJV_Defended_Hills.html


Dr. John Cereghin, In Defense of Erasmus: In Defense of Erasmus
(unfortunately linked to Riplinger material here)

Or here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/719815/posts

What about Erasmus, David Cloud: https://www.wayoflife.org/database/erasmus.html

The Septuagint: A Critical Analysis, by Floyd Jones (pdf)


H.J. De Jonge, ERASMUS AND THE COMMA JOHANNEUM (Not KJV but often quoted)

Will Kinney’s excellent King James Bible Articles: https://brandplucked.webs.com/kjbarticles.htm

An article by Will Kinney about the updatings or “revisings” of the KJV: What About Those Printing Errors in the 1611 Holy Bible?


The Waldenses and the Bible, by Elder Robert L. Webb: Waldenses and the Bible


TABLE OF CONTENTS and links page: http://www.angelfire.com/nt/baptist/6KJVmyths/intro.html

Myth # 1: Erasmus Was A Humanist http://www.angelfire.com/nt/baptist/6KJVmyths/1.html

Myth # 2: Reformation Editors Lacked Sufficient Manuscript Evidence http://www.angelfire.com/nt/baptist/6KJVmyths/2.html

Myth # 3: There Are No Doctrinal Differences Between Bible Texts & Versions http://www.angelfire.com/nt/baptist/6KJVmyths/3.html

Myth # 4: Inspiration Is Perfect, But Preservation Is General http://www.angelfire.com/nt/baptist/6KJVmyths/4.html

Myth # 5: True Scholars Reject The Received Text http://www.angelfire.com/nt/baptist/6KJVmyths/5.html

Myth # 6: The Issues Are Too Complex For The Average Christian To Understand http://www.angelfire.com/nt/baptist/6KJVmyths/6.html

At his Way of Life Literature site Cloud has a “FUNDAMENTAL BAPTIST CD ROM LIBRARY”, which includes, “WAY OF LIFE’S ELECTRONIC KJV DEFENSE LIBRARY” and “WAY OF LIFE’S ELECTRONIC BAPTIST/WALDENSIAN HISTORY LIBRARY” – see here: https://www.wayoflife.org/publications/fundamental_baptist_digital_library.php

Caveat: please be aware (if you are not already) that most IFBs are quite anti-Calvinist! This does not, however, lessen the value of their textual and historical scholarship. I find they are often despised (our brothers in Christ!), but among them are some of the very finest defenders of God’s Word. In this CD no doubt will be found Dispensationalist and anti-Reformed, Arminian material.

“Textual Criticism is Drawn from the Wells of Infidelity”, by David Cloud (article on unbelieving text critics): Textual Criticism Drawns from the Wells of Infidelity

The following free e-books by Cloud (also for sale in hardcopy) here:


(not free)


Unholy Hands on God's Holy Book

A wealth of info in Cloud’s books, from decades of his research.

Excellent Johannine Comma material: JOHANNINE COMMA.

KJV Today Home, http://www.kjvtoday.com/home Excellent research material!

1 John 5:7 These three are one by Will Kinney

* [I have removed Robert Dabney on 1 John 5:7 as I just became aware of a strong racist statement of his, and in solidarity with my bothers & sisters won't use him; I know he has been forgiven and enlightened in Glory; for the same reason I won't use the Nazi Kittel's work.]

A History of the Debate Over 1 John 5:7-8 (ISBN: 1886971056), by Michael Maynard – out of print, extremely rare (PDF from my Google Drive) :

John Henry, Standing for the King James Bible webpage (mixed stuff): Standing For The King James Bible

Preservation and Psalm 12:6-7
A Look at the Controversy
Preservation and Psalm 12:6-7

God’s Promise to Preserve His Word (Ps 12:5–7) , Shin Yeong Gil


Cloud on Preservation: Preservation Is Missing in Standard Works

Ps 12:6, 7 Bible Presbyterian Church

Psalm 12 Revisited - Page 2 - BaptistBoard.com
Psalm 12 Revisited post 11, Dr. Bob

The Authenticity of Mark 16:11-20, James Snapp
(Full version): http://www.textexcavation.com/snapp/...inmkupdate.pdf

Jack Moorman, Hodges/Farstad “Majority” Text Refuted By Evidence (also titled, When the King James Departs from the “Majority Text” ) :
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“That Rascal Erasmus—Defense Of His Greek Text”, by Dr. Daryl R. Coats (available for $2.00 at BFT) Search Page Header (search for item # OP2456).

Inquiry Into the Integrity Of the Greek Vulgate, Or Received Text Of the New Testament; in which the Greek Manuscripts are newly classed; the Integrity of the Authorised Text vindicated; and the Various Readings traced to their Origin, by Fredrick Nolan: An Inquiry into the Integrity of the Greek Vulgate (minus valuable Preface)

Downloadable version of Nolan with Preface: Internet Archive: Free Download: An inquiry into the integrity of the Greek Vulgate : or, Received text of the New Testament ; in which the Greek manuscripts are newly classed, the integrity of the authorised text vindicated, and the various readings

Books by Theodore P. Letis (an important historian of the KJV / TR text editions), hardcopy books available online, sometimes pricey because rare:

Edward Freer Hills’s Contribution to the Revival of the Ecclesiastical Text, Theodore P. Letis, Paper back, 177 pages.

The Majority Text: Essays & Reviews in the Continuing Debate, Theodore P. Letis, Paper back, 210 pages

The Ecclesiastical Text: Text Criticism, Biblical Authority and the Popular Mind, Theodore P. Letis
Paper back, 232 pages.

Dr. Jack Moorman, Forever Settled: 
A Survey of the Documents and History of the Bible: Forever Settled- A Survey of the Documents and History of the Bible.
Also: https://ryftkohiahwithoutthegate.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/forever-settled-by-moorman.pdf

Hardcopy: https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Settled-Survey-Documents-History/dp/1888328061

Dr. Thomas Holland, Crowned With Glory: The Bible from Ancient Text to Authorized Version;

some of the material from the book can be found here: Bible Versions F. A. Q., and Answers to Criticisms of the KJVscroll down a little to find Holland’s stuff. This is an excellent book, and well worth acquiring, especially for folks new to this study.

Holland, Manuscript Evidence: http://members.tripod.com/bible_study/courses/mssevidence/original.htm


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Jerusalem Blade

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
KJV / Byz / TR Resources renewed (Part 2)

Miscellaneous Books (Caveat: many of these authors are IFBs – Independent Fundamentalist Baptists – and are often anti-Calvinism. This does not detract from the value of their textual research. Some, like, Gipp, are associated with Ruckman, but, again, the work listed here is alright).

Some of the books below are available online in digital formats. Very many of the books listed here (especially those marked BFT), are available at:
The Bible for Today
900 Park Avenue
Collingwood, NJ 08108 USA
Phone: 1800 JOHN 10:9, 609 854 4452
Web site: The Bible For Today HomePage

Defending the King James Bible, by Dr. D.A. Waite (BFT)
Forever Settled: A Survey of the Documents And History of the Bible, Compiled by Jack Moorman (BFT)
When The KJV Departs From The “Majority Text” , by Jack Moorman (BFT)
Missing In Modern Bibles: Is The Full Story Being Told? , by Jack Moorman (BFT)
Conies, Brass, and Easter: Answers To “Problem” Passages In The Authorized Version, by Jack Moorman (BFT
Early Manuscripts And The Authorized Version, Jack Moorman (BFT)
Early Church Fathers And The Authorized Version, by Jack Moorman (BFT)
Where the King James Bible Leaves the Greek Text of Theodore Beza 1598, by Kirk DiVietro (BFT)
The Septuagint: A Critical Analysis, by Floyd Jones (BFT)
Did Jesus and the Apostles Quote from the Septuagint (LXX)? , Kirk DiVietro (BFT)
The Real Truth About the Waldenses Bible And The Old Latin Version: A Refutation Of Kutilek…, by Ken Johnson (BFT)
Rome And The Bible: Tracing the History of the Roman Catholic Church and Its Persecution of the Bible and of Bible Believers, by David Cloud
Examining “The King James Only Controversy” , by David Cloud
Unholy Hands on God’s Holy Book: Report on the United Bible Societies, by David Cloud
Modern Versions Founded Upon Apostasy, by David Cloud
For Love Of The Bible: The Battle for the King James Version and the Received Text from 1800 to Present, by David Cloud
Believing Bible Study, by Edward Hills
Final Authority, by William P. Grady (this entire book is available online in audio at Dr. Grady’s site)
An Understandable History of the Bible, by Samuel C. Gipp [An Earlier version available online: An Understandable History].
The Authenticity And Inspiration Of The Holy Scriptures, by Robert Haldane
Unholy Hands On the Bible (all volumes), by Jay P. Green, Sr.
If The Foundations Be Destroyed, by Chick Salliby
Translators Revived: Biographical Notes Of The KJV Bible Translators, by Alexander McClure (BFT)
The Doctrine Of Scripture, by Homer C. Hoeksema
The Corruption Of The Word: The Failure Of Modern New Testament Scholarship, by Kevin James (Microload Press)
Which Bible?, by David Otis Fuller (BFT)
Counterfeit Or Genuine?, by David Otis Fuller (BFT)
True Or False?, by David Otis Fuller (BFT)

BFT also has the sons of Westcott and Hort each publishing their father’s memoirs.

I’m also including my own “Jerusalem Blade’s posts (a partial compilation)” as there is a lot of material in them.

The day is dying, sun low in the sky, night drawing on. It appears the governments even of the “civilized” West are turning against the church of Christ, many seeking to enact legislation silencing and restricting the church by criminal law. The devil has been cast down to the earth, having great wrath, knowing his time is short. Nations rattle nuclear sabers against other nations, and those with eyes to see know that hearts moved by the devil know no restraint or sanity. And in days such as these we still do not have the settled Bible God promised to give us, His beloved children? Shall we have to wait till after the resurrection to get it? Or has He already given it to us? And if He has, which is it?

Our forebears of the Reformation asserted that God indeed had given us His settled Word, an intact Bible faithfully translated from original-language manuscripts, the readings of which originally “...being immediately inspired by God, and by his singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical” (WCF 1:8).

As with other prophetic utterances, here we may look back and discern how God fulfilled His promises of preservation. I know it is replied, “But nowhere Scripture says how God will keep those (prophetic) promises of preservation.” We often discern the fulfillment of prophecy with hindsight. I believe the view of His fulfilling His promises in the Reformation texts has far greater merit and credence than all other alternate views.

It has been asked, “If only the Greek Byzantine and its Textus Receptus editions were the providentially preserved text, what about the other locations in the world that had neither a Byzantine nor a refined TR – did they not have a preserved and adequate Bible?” And I would answer:

There is a preserving of the text, and there is a preserving of the text — the latter where its integrity is held even to minute readings not granted the former. That the former was nonetheless efficacious is analogous to the Bibles based upon the CT, ET (Eclectic Text), and MT being efficacious to save and edify God’s people today, as witnessed by the multitudes regenerated and brought to maturity through those who use the NIV, NASB, ESV, etc. The minute preservation occurred in the primary edition (the Ben Chayyim Masoretic Hebrew and the Greek TR and their King James and Geneva translations) which were to serve the English-speaking people and the translations created for the vast missionary work they undertook, which impacted the entire world. There was a progression in the purifying of the text, so as to almost (and some say completely) perfectly reconstitute the original manuscripts of the apostles, even as there has been, in the area of theology, a restoration of apostolic doctrine, which also went through phases of deterioration and eventual renewal.

Thus, even those areas of the church which were non-Greek-speaking also had a “preserved text”—as do multitudes in this present day—though their texts were not “minutely preserved.” The texts they had were efficacious unto the salvation of souls and the sustaining of the churches. The distinction is between an adequate preservation as distinguished from preservation in the minutiae.

As regarding the Lord’s promise to preserve His Scripture (Matt 24:35; Psalm 12:6, 7; Isaiah 59:21; etc), many times the people of God have not understood how a prophecy was to be fulfilled until it was a done thing, and then they looked backward to see how He had worked. It is thus in observing how He fulfilled His promise to preserve His word. When the Lord prophesies, does it have to come about instantly? Is there not sometimes progression? We see it is so in the events leading to the formation of the finished product of the editions of the TR from which the KJ translators produced their English masterpiece in God’s providence.

I see no other view of a preserved Bible that makes such sense. Of course others will not agree, but I can defend my view. My stand is by faith, confirmed by reason. It was the faith of the Reformation; we who believe as they did are in good company, despite the views of the moderns. For example, the Johannine Comma (the most disputed TR reading) was cited a proof text for the Trinity in the following confessions and catechisms:

Westminster Confession of Faith 1646 2.3
Westminster Larger Catechism Q&A 6

Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 6

The London Baptist Confession of 1689 2:3
The Belgic Confession of 1561, Article 9 quotes the passage: “There are three who bear witness in heaven– the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit– and these three are one.”
The Heidelberg Catechism of 1563, Lord’s Day 8, Q&A 25, footnote 5

I’d like to close this with a pertinent quote from an essay by Dr. Theodore Letis:

Both schools [the Critical Text and the Ecclesiastical Text –SMR] interpret the data of NT textual criticism and modern translations differently, and both groups fill in the gaps in the data with assumptions which favor their given position. I hope some are beginning to see that this is not an argument between scholarship (the established school represented by Carson) and non-scholarship (the challenging school which has traditionally been treated as non-scholarly and completely uncritical). To the contrary, the best representatives of both schools display genuine scholarship. Why is it, then, that these two schools co-exist on this all-important issue of the very wording of the NT text?​

He closes the essay with these words,

Some will fault me for not answering every objection of Carson’s, but it was only our intention to raise the old issue of presuppositions and to underscore the fact that this debate is not one between experts with data and non-experts with dogma, but rather one between experts with the same data, but different dogma—the dogma of neutrality versus the dogma of providence… (pp. 201-204). [From, The Majority Text: Essays And Reviews In The Continuing Debate, the essay, “In Reply to D.A. Carson’s ‘The King James Version Debate’ ”.]​
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