Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament

I’m hoping that you all know about Tyndale House which is probably one of the best research centers for biblical studies in the world.

Well, the team at TH (Dirk Jongkind, Peter Head, and Peter Williams) are producing the Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament.

You can read about it here with an interview Jim West did with Dirk Jongkind.

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