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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Review: Cambridge KJV Pocket New Testament


Cambridge KJV Pocket New Testament (Black French Morocco Leather)

Cambridge KJV Pocket New Testament (Black French Morocco Leather) $34.99

This Cambridge KJV pocket New Testament is no longer available.

I saw a small NRSV New Testament for sale posted by Cambridge Bible on their Facebook page about two months ago and I asked, in a comment, if they were ever going to reprint the KJV New Testament, because I couldn’t find it available for sale anywhere. I was told, in a comment, they weren’t. However, I was also told, via comment, they had a few copies of the KJV pocket New Testament available that were less than perfect, and if I wanted one I could obtain one, since I had asked about it.

True to their word, about two months later, I received via FedEx a copy of this wonderful pocket New Testament from Cambridge University Press! 😃

I paid about $28 for this New Testament (including shipping) and there’s really nothing wrong with it. A couple of pages may be cut a bit crooked, there’s some extra glue that has dripped onto the bookmark where it’s bound to the spine, a small portion of thread is sticking out in one section of Philippians, but, other than these few imperfections, it’s fine. It also has a red mark on the last page indicating it’s less than perfect.

It’s very small, like a Gideon New Testament, which is a handy pocket size I’ve always liked. It has a small, but readable, black letter text, it’s very well made, Smyth sewn, with a French Morocco leather cover, printed in Great Britain at the University Press, Cambridge.

It’s probably the best made small book I’ve ever seen.

I really appreciate Cambridge for making this wonderful pocket New Testament available to me.




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“What I have written I have written.”


“And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (John 19:19) 

“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.” (John 19:17-22)

“Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.”

“ἀπεκρίθη ὁ Πιλάτος, Ὃ γέγραφα, γέγραφα.”

I start my day by reading a passage in the Greek NT along with the English KJV, and I’m reading John 19 now.

This particular passage has always been one of my favorites. As old as the NT is it’s amazing to see the sort of lawyer-like quibbling of the Jews in this passage. Not much has changed in 2,000 years. Has it?

Gentile Pilate writes the truth: “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews” and the chief priests of the Jews, having already demanded the death of their Messiah, have the gall to confront Pilate and quibble about the details in the title he wrote and placed on the cross saying: “Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.” Pilates’ response is classic: “What I have written I have written.”

No Jews, you’re not going to have the title changed, because Pilate wrote the truth: Jesus is King of the Jews.

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Review: Cambridge KJV Concord Reference Bible


Cambridge KJV Concord Reference Bible (Black Edge-Lined Goatskin Leather)

KJV Concord Reference Bible, Black Edge-Lined Goatskin Leather, Red Letter Text KJ566:XRE Black Goatskin Leather RCD266 ISBN: 9780521512978

The link above is to the Cambridge website. I found this beautiful Bible on sale at Book Depository last year. This Bible normally retails for $260 but I was blessed to be able to purchase it for $139. Having said that, I think this Bible is worth the $260 it normally sells for. You won’t find a better made Bible anywhere in the world.

Cambridge really did a wonderful job creating this Bible. It’s printed in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and it’s bound in the United Kingdom by Cambridge University Press.

This Bible is something of a small library, because it includes a glossary, concordance, Bible dictionary, and maps. And it’s not very thick either. It’s the perfect size and weight for everyday use.

My favorite features of this Bible are the font, which is very easy to read, and the bold-figure cross-references in the center column. Most reference Bibles have small letters and numbers in the text itself but this Bible doesn’t. Having read other reference Bibles, and this Bible, I’ve noticed how much better the Cambridge reference system is. When I’m reading the text I’m not distracted by small letters and numbers tempting me to look at the references. I read the text and, if I wonder about something, I can glance at the center column to see if there’s a reference. But it’s up to me to decide. I’m never tempted to stop reading and look at references as I am with other reference Bibles.

I decided last year to go back to the King James Version of the Bible and I’m glad I did. The KJV is a superior English translation, it’s based upon the traditional text, and this text will never change.

Cambridge has been printing KJV Bibles for 400 years and you won’t find a better edition of the KJV than this one.

If you’re looking for a quality Bible that will last for generations look no further than this one. It’s worth every dollar.








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Review: Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields


Juarez, Mexico (2013)

murder cityMurder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields, by Charles Bowden (360 pages, Nation Books (2011)

The media never tells the truth about what’s going on in Mexico… and if you want to know the ugly truth about the violence in Mexico you should read this book.

The author tells us what I was told by people in Mexico: The police and the army are killing and disappearing innocent people. It’s not just the cartels. And it’s not just crime.

In fact, the author tells us the standard explanations for these murders fail us.

Although not a religious man, he interviews people who offer religious explanations he agrees with. The murders are driven by spirits of wickedness in high places. There is an evil stalking the Mexican people. An evil that has existed since before the world began.

Author Charles Bowden: “Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields”

Newspaper Juarez El Diario PM

El Diario (Newspaper) Juarez, Mexico

El Diario

Borderland Beat

The author interviews El Pastor in his book.

El Pastor (1 of 2)

El Pastor (2 of 2)

“Mexico marked another murderous milestone in its conflict with organised crime as the monthly homicide rate hit its highest level in 20 years. Government statistics showed that 2,186 murders were committed in May, surpassing the previous monthly high of 2,131 in May 2011, according to a review of records that date back to 1997. Mexico recorded 9,916 murders in the first five months of 2017, roughly a 30% increase over the same period last year… Continue reading: Mexico’s monthly murder rate reaches 20-year high

“In 1985, a murky alliance of Mexican drug lords and government officials tortured and killed a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena. In a three-part series, Blood on the Corn, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder — his final story…” Continue reading: Bowden: How the CIA may have tortured one of America’s own (and long before 9/11)

Charles Bowden’s Final Story: Corruption and killing involving the DEA, CIA, drug cartels and the Mexican government

“Chuck Bowden’s Final Story Took 16 Years to Write”

“Blood on the Corn: A DEA Agent is Tortured and Killed in Mexico”

Vacant businesses Juarez

Vacant businesses in Juarez, Mexico (2013 after the carnage the author writes about)

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Review: Martin Luther: The Christian between God and Death

518tPvgKUKLMartin Luther: The Christian between God and Death, by Richard Marius (576 pages,
Belknap/Harvard (2004)

I read this book when it was first published and I really enjoyed it, so I recently bought the paperback edition and read it again.

It was well worth reading again.

The book is very well written and the subject is fascinating. In particular, the author’s thesis regarding the influence the fear of death and the threat of nonexistence had upon educated people in the late Middle Ages, including Luther.

The author explains well the atmosphere of the times… how death was represented in art especially, and how the plague figured in peoples’ thinking during this time. Luther was influenced by the nominalism of his day and struggled personally with death, more so than with hell and eternal punishment — the threat of non-existence in particular.

In short, the author has given us a very well written account of Luther during his most important years at the beginning of the Reformation. The author, at times, writes about Luther’s later years, but his focus is upon his early years.

The book becomes very theological at times, almost a theology book, and will likely be of more interest to readers interested in both theology and Luther, as opposed to those only interested in Luther. The author was educated in theology and this is evident by his excellent grasp of the theological issues of the time.

While I’ve never been a huge fan of Luther and his crude style, this book has given me a much greater appreciation for him. I saw a lot of my own beliefs in Luther, and I suppose I have him to thank for them, since he was the man who sparked the Reformation.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Luther and the Reformation.

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Review: The Occult Renaissance Church of Rome


The Occult Renaissance Church of Rome by Michael Hoffman (2017) Trade paperback 723 pages 42 illustrations $35.00

This is an interesting book. Anyone interested in the subject matter should take the time to read it.

According to Hoffman, the so-called “crisis in the Catholic Church” didn’t begin with Vatican II, it began 500 years earlier (during the Renaissance).

And the so-called “Traditional Catholics” (who long for the good old days before Vatican II) are, in reality, papists who don’t realize the “Tradition” they follow is not Catholic but Renaissance Neoplatonic-Hermeticism!

Although I agree with Hoffman on many points, I’m not quite sure what he expects from the readers of his latest book.

After reading Hoffman’s 723 page book I’m asking myself “What am I supposed to do with this knowledge?” and “What are Traditional Catholics supposed to do with this knowledge?”

I guess we’re supposed to tell others… tell them the truth… warn them.

Hoffman doesn’t say.

I made the decision last year to leave the Catholic Church, because I didn’t see it upholding Catholic dogma, tradition, or Holy Scripture. I went back to the Bible.

I bought a King James Version of the Bible and read it. But I’ve yet to find a church home.

I feel a lot better, spiritually, having gone back to the Bible. But some people, like Traditional Catholics, have never read the Bible, or much of the Bible, and they want a church home for themselves and their families. A Catholic Church home. What are they supposed to do if Hoffman is right: “The Church of Rome” is NOT the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church hasn’t existed for at least 500 years!

The pope and popery is a fraud!

This sort of information is simply too much for most people, especially Traditional Catholics, to handle.

And it’s hard for me to see why anyone would choose to remain Catholic if Hoffman is right.

The controversy over popery goes back to at least 1054 and the East-West split between the Orthodox and Latin churches. Does Hoffman expect Traditional Catholics to go east? and become Orthodox? He doesn’t say.

I have no interest in going east. In fact, I think we could push the date back quite a ways earlier than 1054, if we wish to find when the Church departed from the faith we find in the New Testament. Why not push it back to 381 when Constantine made Christianity the state religion? Many people do.

Personally, I don’t even care for the quibbling over homoousios and homoiousios that arose during the early 300s….

The First Council of Nicaea in 325 debated the terms homoousios and homoiousios. The word homoousios means “same substance”, whereas the word homoiousios means “similar substance”. The council affirmed the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Godhead) are of the homoousious (same substance). This is the source of the English idiom “differ not by one iota.” Note that the words homoousios and homoiousios differ only by one ‘i’ (or the Greek letter iota). Thus, to say two things differ not one iota, is to say that they are the same substance. (source)

Was this really an important orthodox definition of the faith? or was this simply philosophical quibbling over arcane minutiae? A misguided philosophical attempt to define a mystery no one can possibly explain or comprehend?

Where, in the gospels, was Jesus ever concerned about this sort of Greek philosophical quibbling? Jesus never speaks of himself, his Father, and the Holy Ghost as being “the same substance”. What substance does a spirit have? Who can know? Where did the apostles speak of this? Where did they say that if someone denied the Father, Son, and Spirit were the “same substance” they should be put out of the church?

They didn’t.

Does God expect the average person to comprehend and believe this sort of thing? I doubt it.

I guess we’re supposed to trust the Fathers who, at this Council, gave the orthodox definition of the faith?

After reading Hoffman’s book, why would I trust anyone?

I trust my Bible.

The gospel is what God expects his people to believe and obey, and the gospel of Jesus Christ is not hard to understand.

The gospel is simple: repent and believe, live holy, help others, hope in the resurrection.

I’m starting to believe it didn’t take very long for the Church to become corrupted by philosophy, theology, government, etc…

I’m happy to have a good Bible I can trust. And I hope to find a good church I can be a part of.

Hoffman’s book does a great job of showing how far gone the Catholic Church is.

It’s so far gone it’s no longer the Catholic Church… it’s the Neoplatonic-Hermetic Kabbalistic Talmudic “Church of Rome” and has been for over 500 years!

Will Traditional Catholics believe this? Not many. Perhaps a few.

Time to wake up and smell the coffee. The pope isn’t Catholic and neither is his “Church”.

If there were a book today Catholics would like to burn it would be Hoffman’s “The Occult Renaissance Church of Rome”.

And if there were an author today the Neoplatonic-Hermetic Kabbalistic Talmudic Church of Rome would like to burn it would be Michael Hoffman.

No doubt Hoffman’s critics will simply dismiss him… saying he’s a crank… a crackpot… a conspiracy theorist… an anti-Semite… a Holocaust denier… a Protestant… a sad, aging scholar whose great learning has finally driven him mad.  It’s much easier to dismiss Hoffman and his latest book than it is to deal with the consequences of his thesis if, in fact, he is right.

I think he’s right.

Don’t neglect to read this important new book.

The Occult Renaissance Church of Rome by Michael Hoffman (2017) Trade paperback 723 pages 42 illustrations $35.00

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