Edward F. Hills

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Edward Freer Hills (1912–1981) was an American Presbyterian[citation needed] scholar, perhaps the greatest 20th Century Traditional (“Byzantine”) Text and Received Text defender.[1][2]


Dr. Hills integrates his theological perspective alongside New Testament criticism. Reading Dean John William Burgon inspired Dr. Hills to approach textual criticism from a “logic of faith” (1952 is the year that Dr. Hills made a definite commitment to this view).[3] As to the relationship of the King James Bible to the Received Text, Hills wrote "the King James Version ought to be regarded not merely as a translation of the Textus Receptus but also as an independent variety of the Textus Receptus."[4]



  • The King James Version Defended: A Christian View of the New Testament Manuscripts (PDF), Christian Research Press, 1956, ISBN 0-915923-00-9.
  • Believing Bible Study (3rd ed.), 1991 [1967, 1977], ISBN 0-915923-01-7.


  1. ^ Beacham, Roy E; Bauder, Kevin T (2001), One Bible only?: examining exclusive claims for the King James Bible, p. 48, Edward F. Hills – Another individual who made a sizable contribution to the King James-Only movement, although not drawing directly from the works of Wilkinson and Ray, is Edward F. Hills (1912–1981). Hills actually possessed genuine...
  2. ^ Price, James D (2006), King James Onlyism: A New Sect, p. 263.
  3. ^ Cloud, David, The Testimony of Dr. Edward F. Hills, Way of life, 2nd to last paragraph.
  4. ^ "8", King James Version Defended, Jesus is Lord.
  5. ^ Barnett, Robert, KJV Bible, Dean Burgon Society.
  6. ^ Whitmer, John, Hills Revisited (PDF), Holy Word café.