commentThank you to all who have shared their experiences of The Discovery Bible New Testament (Moody Publishers), including J. I. Packer, R. C. Sproul, and John MacArthur.  We are humbled that The Discovery Bible New Testament is held in such high esteem by so many.

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What People are Saying about …

The Discovery Bible New Testament (Moody Publishers 1987)

The Discovery Bible New Testament is a landmark volume. It makes available to students of the English Bible dimensions of meaning that the Greek verb tenses and word-order convey, but that cannot be expressed in ordinary translations because English is a less subtle language. The markings in the text and the glossary of synonyms reflect impeccable linguistic scholarship. The system of symbols is easy to learn and the effect of working with the volume is like adding color to black-and-white photos.

        “The would-be teacher who wants to bring out the full weight of meaning that the New Testament carries now has two choices. One is to spend some years studying Greek, classical as well as New Testament, so as to be able to spot each nuance accurately for oneself. The other is to use The Discovery Bible, and start getting it all right as of now. Gary Hill and Gleason Archer, who devised this precious students’ aid, deserve our profoundest thanks.”

James I. Packer

Regent College, author

“The method employed in The Discovery Bible New Testament is so totally new that no current aids to Bible study fulfill the same task envisaged in this major triumph in New Testament scholarship.”

Walter Kaiser, Jr.
Previous Academic Dean and Vice-president, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
Former President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA

The Discovery Bible New Testament, by Gary Hill, opens the meaning of the Greek text even to those who don’t have the advantage of being able to do firsthand language study.”

John MacArthur

Pastor, Grace Community Church; author; radio speaker

” . . . an outstanding tool for understanding the New Testament. The care in its preparation is outstanding. Here is a book that is as useful as it is profound.”

R. C. Sproul

Ligonier Ministries, professor, radio speaker

” . . . the very valuable aid of understanding the emphasis of the original Greek, not otherwise available to the English reader. It is a very valuable tool for the English student of Scripture.”

Dr. Norman Geisler

Author, professor

The Discovery Bible New Testament is a product of precise and expert scholarship. It will not take the place of the original text in the Greek language, but it will open the way for deeper study and understanding of the sacred text for those whose linguistic competence is limited to the English language. Indeed, I venture the opinion that The Discovery Bible will be a safer guide to sane interpretation of the text than the acquisition of a superficial acquaintance with the original language. The admotion of Alexander Pone: ‘A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring,’ applies with special force to well-meaning Bible students who dabble in Greek and Hebrew. I commend The Discovery Bible as a valuable source of learning for those who are willing to apply their minds to the instruction it provides.”

Philip Edgcumbe Hughes

Anglican commentator on the Greek New Testament

” . . . a most important work.”

Dr. Nigel Turner

(Oxford) Grammar of New Testament Greek, Vols. 3, 4

“In The Discovery Bible New Testament, Dr. Gleason Archer and Mr. Gary Hill have provided the student who does not know Greek with an accurate and most valuable Bible study tool.”

Dr. James Boice

Pastor, former Tenth Presbyterian Church, author

” . . . a unique tool, . . . helps to convey more vividly the emphasis and emotion of the original Greek.”

Dr. Earl Radmacher

Former President, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary

The Discovery Bible New Testament has accomplished the impossible. Here is one volume that should be placed in the hands of every serious Christian layman.”

Dr. W. A. Criswell

Former pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX

The Discovery Bible New Testament is a breakthrough in clarifying truth.”

John F. Walvoord

Former President and Chancellor, Dallas Theological Seminary

“This Moody Press publication is an enormous favor for pastors and congregations alike.”

Dr. Paige Patterson

President, SW Baptist Seminary

The Discovery Bible New Testament should be in the hands of every Bible student. The book can be recommended without mental reservation.”

Dr. Harold Lindsell

Editor-emeritus, Christianity Today

“The treasures of the Greek NT are made fully available to an English reader through this book.”

Dr. Ray Stedman

Pastor, Peninsula Bible Church

The Discovery Bible New Testament opens up new avenues of study and understanding for the serious student of the Scriptures.”

Ted Engstrom

President emeritus, World Vision

“I am full of admiration for the work that has gone into The Discovery Bible New Testament. The sheer physical labor of marking all the tenses must have been immense and the working out of where the emphasis in Greek goes in every sentence must have been just as demanding. I do congratulate you on what you have accomplished. And I am sure that what you have done will be of great help to many sincere students of Scripture who lack a knowledge of Greek. It was a breath-taking concept to mark out a New Testament in the way you have done and you must be very happy with the extent to which you have succeeded.”

Leon Morris

Former principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

“I congratulate you on the tremendous contribution which you and Dr. Archer have made to a better understanding of Scripture.”

Bill Bright

Former President, Campus Crusade for Christ International

” . . . enables readers to recover what was lost in translation from Greek to English. Its approach is unique. Thus, readers gain many of the benefits of studying Greek without having to learn the language.”

Christianity Today

“The compactness of The Discovery Bible New Testament puts into one volume the kind of information it would take many commentaries and other study helps to supply.”

Moody Monthly

The Discovery Bible New Testament has opened up new insights into the Bible that have never been made available before.”

Jerry Rose

Former President, National Religious Broadcasters, TV 38, Chicago, Illinois

What People are saying about …

The Discovery Bible Old and New Testament

“I have looked through the HELPS markings on The Discovery Bible Old Testament and find them fully reliable.  They ingeniously lead out the fuller Hebrew meanings of vocabulary/near synonyms, verbs, and emphasis shown by the original word order.  The determinations of emphasis in the Hebrew text by Gleason Archer and Gary Hill soundly reflect the best of classical and modern scholarship. This applies also to the presentation of data in the NT portion.”


Eugene Merrill
Former professor of Old Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

The Discovery Bible represents a tremendous amount of work and a wonderful help to all Bible readers, starting with those not having the advantage of a seminary education. It is also a great help to pastors and seminary students, full of competent instruction in opening the Hebrew text. This exegetical advantage is often lost because many Bible colleges and seminary curriculums no longer offer this area of study – even shortened at major seminaries that no longer offer Hebrew in any form.

“The Hebrew and Greek principles followed in The Discovery Bible are accurate, trustworthy, and pass on the teaching which has come down from the past. The Discovery Bible preserves this rich heritage of classical Hebrew and Greek philology for our day, competently displaying the emphasis (emphatic word order) of the original text, explaining the Hebrew and Greek verbal systems, and setting forth root-based vocabulary definitions (including near-synonyms) of the biblical languages in a way that represents a triumph in Old and New Testament scholarship (a “Genesius and company resurrected).”


Walter Kaiser, Jr.
Previous Academic Dean and Vice-president, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
Former President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA

The Discovery Bible helps the person who has not been able to study Greek or Hebrew in-depth, to discover deep observations of the Hebrew and Greek texts which they would not be able to know otherwise. It is of special help to the non-specialist without opportunity for this level of in-depth study. I recommend it for pastors, and for those without training, that makes observations from the Hebrew and Greek texts very understandable. HELPS puts this level of knowledge into usable concepts, so that the non-specialist could come to new understandings. These comments apply to both the lexical and the syntactical parts of The Discovery Bible, Old and New Testaments.”

Grant Osborne
Former professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

“I endorse the grammatical principles used and applied for the Hebrew and Greek markings of The Discovery Bible, OT and NT (HELPS system). They faithfully reflect the sound convictions of classical exegetes in OT and NT grammar, and represent a rich, up-to-date traditional presentation. These include important grammatical matters like: emphasis by word order (Hebrew and Greek); nuances of OT verbs-stems and ‘tenses’ and NT verbs; and word-colors of OT/NT vocabulary.”

Stanley Horton
ThD, Harvard (Semitics), Central Baptist Seminary; Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology;

co-author and translator of The New Testament Study Bible and many other books and commentaries (OT, NT) 

“I heartily endorse the principles and application of OT Hebrew applied in The Discovery Bible and its HELPS markings – like the precise identification of words emphasized in the Hebrew text by the original word order, literary devices like infinitive absolutes, cohortatives, etc. I find the original-language work in The Discovery Bible – Old and New Testaments – to be ingenious and I recommend this tool enthusiastically.”


Thomas McComiskey
Former head of Hebrew/OT studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL