Our churches rely on Bible versions based on the Traditional Text, which is the text written in the original languages of the Bible. The Traditional Text consists of the Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus (also known as the Received Text) of the New Testament. The Masoretic Text is the authoritative Hebrew text of the Old Testament, while the Textus Receptus is the Greek Text of the New Testament.
In this article we will present main arguments for the superiority of the Textus Receptus. These arguments are quoted from selected sections of scholarly works of Dean John William Burgon and Dr. Edward F. Hills.
Modern Versions of the New Testament claim the best and most ancient manuscripts as their authority for a multitude of omissions and changes. This article examines the truth of the assumption that the "most ancient manuscripts, are the best."
Modern Versions have followed to a large extent the Greek Text prepared by Westcott and Hort in 1881. The Text of the Revised Version 1881 was influenced greatly by these scholars and the Nestles Text is a collation of three texts, Westcott and Hort, Tischendorf and Bernhard Weiss. Westcott and Hort recognized as their supreme authorities, only two manuscripts, Aleph and B, and these are among the five ancient manuscripts appealed to by modern versions.
The King James Version Defended by Edward F. Hills
Edward F. Hills in his work The King James Version Defended represents a sober and compelling argument for the "old tradition." As a well trained classicist and an internationally recognized New Testament critic, he analyzes the problems of both modern language translations and current New Testament text criticism methodology.
Dr. Edward F. Hills (1912-1981) was a well trained classicist and an international recognized New Testament text critic. He was a distinguished Latin and Phi Beta Kappa graduate (A.B. major in classics, Summa cum laude) of Yale University. He also earned the Th.B. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and the Th.M. degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. After doing doctoral work at the University of Chicago in New Testament text criticism, he completed his program at Harvard, earning the Th.D. in the field. We have included his work The King James Version Defended at our site. The book is not just about the KJV, but rather about the defense of the text behind the KJV, namely the Textus Receptus.