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Philip Wesley Comfort (born 28 October 1950) is a professor, writer, editor and expert on the Bible who specializes in textual criticism of the New Testament. He served as Professor of Greek and New Testament at Trinity Episcopal Seminary, visiting professor at Wheaton College, and senior Bible reference editor at Tyndale House Publishers.[1]

Philip W. Comfort
Born28 October 1950
RegionNew Testament Studies
SchoolNew Testament, textual criticism
Main interests
New testament manusctipts


Comfort studied English, Greek and New Testament literature at Ohio State University and the University of South Africa.[2] He completed his doctorate both under the guidance of a prominent textual critic, Jacobus H. Petzer, at the University of South Africa.[1]


Comfort teaches classes at a number of colleges, including Wheaton College, Trinity Episcopal Seminary, Columbia International University, and Coastal Carolina University.[2] He is currently a senior editor of Bible reference at Tyndale and serves as editor of the New Testament for "New Living Translation". He has contributed to various publications and Tyndale collections, both as a writer and editor. Among his works are The New Greek-English Interlinear New Testament, The Origin of the Bible, The Tyndale Bible Dictionary, Essential Guide to Bible Versions, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts (with D. Barrett), and Who's Who in Christian History.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Comfort lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, United States, with his wife, Georgia. He has three sons, Jeremy, John, and Peter.


Comfort has written a number of journal articles. In addition, they also has written books:

  • Encountering the Manuscripts: An Introduction to New Testament Paleography and Textual Criticism.
  • Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words in the Holman Reference Collection (co-author).

He also edited a number of books, including:

  • Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts.
  • Life Application Bible Commentary: 1 & 2 Corinthians.

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External linksEdit

  • "Comfort, Philip W(esley) 1950-". 2019.