Review: TBS Greek New Testament


TBS Greek New Testament

Koiné Greek New Testament (Textus Receptus, calfskin) $47.00

I purchased a copy of the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) Greek New Testament (NT) last year from Book Depository, because the calfskin edition was out of stock at TBS. In fact, I bought the last and only copy Book Depository had at that time. TBS now has this edition in stock, as well as the cheaper ($9.50) hardback edition.

I have a copy of the hardback edition, which I purchased over twenty five years ago when I was first learning NT Greek. At the time, I had a copy of the United Bible Society’s (UBS) Third Edition (Corrected) I was using to learn NT Greek, but I happened across the TBS Greek NT at a Christian bookstore and bought it.

The TBS Greek NT is what’s known as Scrivener’s edition of the Textus Receptus, which is fully described and explained in the preface.


The first thing I noticed about the TBS Greek NT, years ago, was how much more readable the font was when compared to the UBS Greek New Testament. Now I realize, too, how much better the Greek text itself is, when compared to the UBS Greek text.

Last year, when I decided to go back to the King James Version of the Bible, I also decided to purchased a copy of the Greek text that underlies the King James (Authorised) Version of the Bible: The TBS Greek New Testament (Textus Receptus). I knew I could use my old hardback copy, which was actually somewhat worn and dirty from use, but I thought, since I wanted to get back into reading the Greek NT on a daily basis, I should buy the nicest edition available, which is the calfskin edition.

This TBS Greek NT is printed and bound in the Netherlands by Royal Jongblod and is of the highest quality. The font is clear, bold, easy to read, and the text is in paragraph format with the verse numbers placed in the margins.

If you’d like to have a nice copy of the Textus Receptus you can read every day, consider purchasing this fine edition from TBS. You’ll be very glad you did! 😃




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