Dean Burgon Society

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Dean Burgon Society
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Logo of the Dean Burgon Society
Formation 1978
Type Christianity
Purpose Defense of Traditional Bible Texts
D. A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D.

The Dean Burgon Society is an organization that promotes and defends the King James Bible and the underlying Hebrew and Greek manuscripts through extensive publications, seminars, online information, and selling printed material. The current president is D. A. Waite.


The society is named after Dean Burgon, who made a strong stand in support for the so-called traditional text. He was also a major critic of Westcott and Hort, and the Revised Version of the Bible. Although in his writings one can find many critical notes about Textus Receptus, e.g., "Traditional Text not identical with the Received Text".[1] Burgon rejected Textus Receptus in Acts 8:37, the Comma Johanneum, and the last six verses of Revelation; additionally, he suggested 150 corrections in the Textus Receptus Gospel of Matthew alone.[2] Burgon in his Revised Revision several times declares that the Textus Receptus needs correction.[3] According to Daniel B. Wallace, Burgon's views would disqualify him from membership in the society named after him, since that society staunchly defends the Textus Receptus.[4] D. A. Waite has responded to these claims,[5] although does not specifically address issues including the Comma, or the phrase 'raise the dead' in Matthew 10:8, which Burgon explicitly rejected[6] but which appears in the Textus Receptus, the King James Bible, and virtually all other critical texts and derivative translations.

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  1. ^ Burgon, John, The traditional text of the Holy Gospels vindicated and established, 1896, pp. 11–2.
  2. ^ Burgon, John, The Revised Revision, 1883, p. 242.
  3. ^ Burgon, John, The Revised Revision, 1883, p. 548.
  4. ^ Wallace, Daniel B. "The Majority Text Theory: History, Methods, and Critique", Studies and Documents, vol. 46, Wm. Eerdmans 1995, p. 299.
  5. ^ The Dean Burgon Society Deserves Its Name TEN REASONS WHY by D. A. Waite
  6. ^ Burgon, John. The Revised Revision, 1883, pp. 107–8

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