6 kregel.com/academic NEW TESTAMENT A COMMENTARY ON TEXTUAL ADDITIONS TO THE NEW TESTAMENT PHILIP WESLEY COMFORT 978-0-8254-4509-5 • $19.99 Hardback • 5.125 x 7.375 • 176 pages Biblical Reference / Language Study Kregel Academic Rights: World September 26, 2017 The Greek edition of the New Testament known as the Textus Receptus that was current in the fifteenth and sixteenth cen- turies has thousands more words than earlier manuscripts of the second through fourth centuries. Major English transla- tions based on the Textus Receptus, such as Tyndale’s New Testament and the King James Version (KJV) have all these extra verses, phrases, and words included in the text. The aim of Comfort’s work is to clearly identify these addi- tions for English readers and then explain why they were added. Scribes often made insertions—“scribal gap filling”— based on their knowledge of the other gospels, other pas- sages of Scripture, Christian theology, and oral traditions. By understanding the sources and probable reasons for the inser- tions, students and teachers of the Bible can make informed translation and interpretive decisions. Philip Comfort has established a wide and deserved reputation for being a sensitive and extremely knowl- edgeable text critic of the New Testament. He also has a gift of clear and concise communication on what can be a rather technical discussion. Here he provides insight on the important question of the textual additions to the New Testament that are found in the Textus Receptus, which provides the background for the additions to the King James Version. All serious students of the Greek New Testament need to have this book in their library. —Tremper Longman III, PhD, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College In this book, Dr. Comfort amply fulfills his stated purpose of making it clear to English readers both what the additions to the original text are and why they were added. In doing so, he offers a real service both to lay readers, who may be confused when they encounter different readings in different transla- tions, and also to pastors, who may have forgotten the technicalities of textual criticism that they were taught in seminary. This book is a model of clarity and perspicuity. The reasons for the various judg- ments are stated both forthrightly and judiciously. I heartily recommend this book. —John Oswalt, visiting distinguished professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary Philip Wesley Comfort (PhD, University of South Africa) is former senior editor at Tyndale House Publishers. His other publications include The Test of the Earliest New Testament Manuscripts.