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Dr. James D. Price was the executive editor of the Old Testament of the New King James Version. Price was formerly Chairman and Professor of the Department of Old Testament, Temple Baptist Theological Seminary, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Price has been retired since 2005.


'Not a TR Advocate'

James Price
James Price

In 1996 David Cloud corresponded with the executive editor of the Old Testament - Dr James Price.

Cloud stated:

"..he admitted to me that he is not committed to the Received Text and that he supports the modern critical text in general:

‘I am not a TR advocate. I happen to believe that God has preserved the autographic text in the whole body of evidence that He has preserved, not merely through the textual decisions of a committee of fallible men based on a handful of late manuscripts. The modern critical texts like NA26/27 (Nestle-Aland) and UBS (United Bible Societies) provide a list of the variations that have entered the manuscript traditions, and they provide the evidence that supports the different variants. In the apparatus they have left nothing out, the evidence is there. The apparatus indicates where possible additions, omissions, and alterations have occurred… I am not at war with the conservative modern versions [such as the New International Version and the New American Standard Version]’. (James Price, e-mail to David Cloud, April 30, 1996).

The above demonstrates how the executive editor of the Old Testament of the New King James Version does not advocate the Greek Textus Receptus; but rather that he is an advocate of the Nestle-Aland critical Greek text.

The overall principal editor of the New King James Version, Arthur L. Farstad, was also coprincipal editor, along with Zane Hodges, of the Hodges-Farstad majority text, a Greek text that makes nearly 1,900 changes to the Textus Receptus. This fact could lead us to answer why the editors of the New King James desired to show us with their textual apparatus of alternate Greek readings in the footnotes, because they do not believe in the Textus Receptus, but approve alternate readings and other Greek texts!


  • Complete Equivalence in Bible Translation. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1987.
  • The New King James Version, (Thomas Nelson, 1982), executive editor of the Old Testament. God's Wisdom for Daily Living (Thomas Nelson, 1984).
  • "Samaria," chapter in Major Cities of Bible Times, ed. R. K. Harrison (Thomas Nelson, 1985).
  • Complete Equivalence in Bible Translation. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1987.
  • The Syntax of Masoretic Accents in the Hebrew Bible (Edwin Mellen Press, 1990).
  • A Concordance of the Accents in the Hebrew Bible, 5 Vols. (Mellen Biblical Press, 1995).
  • Contributor to The Old Testament Hebrew-English Dictionary (Springfield, MO: World Library Press, Inc., 1995-98).
  • Contributor to The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996).
  • Translator and Section Editor for the Holman Christian Standard Bible (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001-4).
  • King James Onlyism: A New Sect (Chattanooga, TN: James D. Price, Publisher, 2006).
  • A Theory of Bible Translation: An Optimal Equivalence Model (Edwin Mellen Press, 2008)

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