The Textual Confidence Collective is a group of friends who reject textual skepticism and textual absolutism—and embrace confidence in the text of Scripture. Confidence in its divine origin, confidence in its authority, confidence in its preservation down through the ages.
The Textual Confidence Collective (TCC) promotes historic confidence in the text of Scripture through an exciting and info-packed seven-episode podcast.
We observe three major approaches to the textual reliability of the Bible:
1. Textual Skepticism
2. Textual Absolutism
3. Textual Confidence
We resist a postmodern skepticism toward the text of Scripture and any form of textual absolutism that would pick one form of the text as final and above revision. The TCC retrieves a biblically faithful view of the divine origin, authority, and preservation of the text of the Bible.
In seven episodes we introduce you to the TCC; examine the history and claims of Textual Absolutism; recover the Bible’s theology of providential preservation; and uncover the real story of Erasmus, the TR, and the KJB. We then take you by the hand and walk you through the materials, methods, and history of New Testament Textual Criticism and equip you to hold and promote confidence in the text of the Bible. Subscribe now at textualconfidence.com to get all the upcoming content.
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Timothy Berg was reared on the King James Bible and now runs kjbhistory.com, which is an outlet for his passion for studying the history of the King James Bible. He graduated with a four-year diploma (BA equivalent) in biblical studies from Heartland Baptist Bible College in 2008. He is currently pursuing his MDiv degree in Biblical and Theological Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He recently married his amazing wife Hannah and they worship together joyfully at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, OK.
Elijah Hixson (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. After completing his doctoral thesis, published as Scribal Habits in Sixth-Century Greek Purple Codices, Elijah served at Tyndale House in Cambridge. He also co-edited the book Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism with Peter Gurry. His areas of research include New Testament textual criticism, papyrology, early Christian theology, C.H. Spurgeon (1834–1892), and apologetics. He is married with two children, and he is a bi-vocational associate pastor at his Southern Baptist church.
Born in Cleveland OH, Peter Montoro was raised in a pastor’s home in New York City, and was converted at the age of eleven. He joined the staff of Westside Baptist Church in 2016, was ordained as one of the pastors of Westside in 2018 and was set apart to serve as the preaching pastor in 2019. His sermons are available here. Currently a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham (working on the textual transmission of Chrysostom’s Homilies on Romans), he is a 2018 graduate of the University of London (BD), and a 2011 graduate of Heartland Baptist Bible College (BA). He has published a number of academic papers related to his dissertation research, and has co-edited an academic volume. He has also had the privilege of being involved in various research projects through Tyndale House Cambridge, including the recent Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament, jointly published by Crossway and Cambridge University Press. He married his wonderful wife, Ashley, in 2012 and they have four children; Peter, Chloe, Ethan, and Alethea. Peter’s desire is to discover, love, and apply truth and to equip others to do the same. Besides spending time with his family, he enjoys reading, cooking, and swinging kettlebells.
Mark Ward (PhD, Bob Jones University) is the editor of Bible Study Magazine and author of its back-page column, “Word Nerd: Language and the Bible.” He is the author of multiple books and textbooks including Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption (BJU Press, 2016), Basics for a Biblical Worldview (BJU Press, 2021), and Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible (Lexham Press, 2018), which became a Faithlife infotainment documentary. He is also the host of the Bible Study Magazine Podcast and is an active (read: obsessive) YouTuber.
He is married to Laura, a micro-urban flower farmer; he and Laura have three children: Aden, Merrill, and Ellery. Mark and Laura serve faithfully in their local Baptist church.
Special thanks goes to Joshua Bartels, whose expertise in videography and podcasting has made the seven episodes of the Textual Confidence podcast possible. Check out his work at Foxfire Farmhouse.