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Current Activities

Though I still have a job doing something I don’t want to do, I now have a little more spare time than I did the last few years. Also, I moved to the state of Florida. I am currently working on 3 projects at once:

1.) Revising and updating my translation of the Apocalypse of John, or the Book of Revelation. My original edition I did about 15 years ago, and it still refers to the UBS4 and NA27. I am updating the GNT editions cited to include the SBL and Tyndale House editions, and of course UBS5 and NA28, as well as the BG, family 35 and Antoniades here and there. In addition, I am eliminating the accentuation of the Greek in the textual variant footnotes, since the direction of the accents would be technically incorrect when outside of the sentence and punctuation of the actual Bible text, and the early manuscripts did not contain them. This is what the Nestle-Aland editions do in their footnotes. This is all in preparation for publishing on Amazon.

2. Revising and updating my translation of the gospel of Matthew, since, again, my original was done 20 years ago or more, and I have learned much since then, and also become less closed to the Byzantine text stream. Like with Revelation, I am adding citation to the SBL and TH editions, but also adding many more textual variants in comparison to the Robinson-Pierpont text, as I am simultaneously creating a Robinson-Pierpont (RP) edition. This is all in preparation for publishing on Amazon.

3. Still slowly translating the Acts of the Apostles, currently in Acts chapter 27.

Audio Files

I am making audio files of my translations.  Here are links to a page where it will read out loud for you my translation of Acts and of Revelation.  Click the link, and when on the page, click the play button.  This is good for if you are sick in bed, or driving, etc. After it finishes reading with a premium voice, you can switch to a free voice, and also control the speed.




Printed Editions

Printed Editions of David Robert Palmer books.

My translations are now being published in print form, book by book. You will still be able to freely download PDFs of them from this site, and copy and paste from them, and quote them.

Thus far, nine books are available in print on Amazon. My books are under the name David Robert Palmer, this link is my profile page showing all my publications on Amazon.

The Apocalypse of John (the Book of Revelation)
• large size- 8.25 x 11 inches
• 12 point font size
• 168 pages
• 518 footnotes
• 82 endnotes
• 3 tables

I have published the gospel according to Matthew. Alternates verse by verse between the Robinson-Pierpont Majority Greek text and English translation. 671 footnotes, 226 pages. Paperback. $6.89, this is basically my cost.

Update March 3, 2023- I have published the gospel of Matthew. Alternates verse by verse between eclectic Greek text and English translation. 671 footnotes, 228 pages. Paperback. $6.99, this is basically my cost.

NEW November 2022: The Gospel of Mark, alternating verse by verse between the Robinson-Pierpont text and my English translation. 157 pages.

NEW November 2022: The Gospel of Mark, alternating verse by verse between an eclectic Greek text and my English translation. 151 pages.

June 2022: The Gospel of Luke, alternating verse by verse between an eclectic Greek text and my English translation. 167 pages. Also in Kindle edition.

June 2022: The Gospel according to Luke, alternating verse by verse between the Robinson-Pierpont Greek text and my English translation. 176 pages. Also in Kindle edition,

June 2022: The Gospel of John, alternating verse by verse with my English translation. 164 pages. Also Kindle edition.

June 27, 2022: The General Epistles, English Bible verses translated from and alternating with the Robinson-Pierpont Greek text of all the General Epistles, also known as the Catholic Epistles. This includes James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude.

Quick-reference Ligature Guide – how to read the shorthand in Greek New Testament cursive manuscripts or minuscules.

Hoskier, H. C., “Concerning the Text of the Apocalypse, Vol. 2″ Paperback

Hoskier, H. C., “Concerning the Text of the Apocalypse, Vol. 2″ Hard Cover

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Textus Receptus Revelation

I have completed and uploaded editions of the Revelation of John based on the Robinson-Pierpont Greek text, and also another one based on the Textus Receptus.  In addition, my previous eclectic edition of Revelation has added to it many more footnotes.  There are now 508 footnotes in these editions, showing the textual variants, and the ancient witness support for each.
Here you can download the Textus Receptus edition of the Apocalypse of John or the Robinson-Pierpont edition of the Apocalypse of John

2 Peter with Greek text

Announcing a new Greek-English diglot of 2nd Epistle of Peter, with TC footnotes citing 9 Greek editions: TR, Tregelles, Westcott-Hort, Antoniades, VonSoden, Robinson-Pierpont, Byzantine Greek New Testament (f35), SBL, and NA28/ECM2. And citing Greek MSS P72 P74 01 A B C K L P 044 048 049 0142 0156 0209 0247 5 33 307 623 665 1175 1241 1243 1448 1735 1739 1852 2298 2423 2464 2805.

TR edition cited is Stephens 1550, except in 3:7, where Stephens, Beza, Elzevir, Erasmus, and Scrivener are split.


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Review of the movie Religulous

I just watched the movie Religulous, because I like Bill Maher.

He had some humorous and true criticisms of various religions, and did a good job of pointing out the typical denial of obvious reality on the part of Muslims.

He was humorously wrong about several things, however.

1. He said the book of “Revelations” instead of Revelation.

2. Bill Maher said Megiddo is quiet and peaceful. (Megiddo is the place that the battle of Armageddon is to take place.) Of course Megiddo is quiet, Bill, because according to the Bible, the battle of Armageddon does not take place until many other things happen first. The tribulation has to take place first, before Armageddon, and that Tribulation cannot happen until many other things happen.

3. In his movie Religulous, Bill Maher said emphatically that it is a fact that there is no historical evidence that Jesus actually existed. This is nonsense, as the historians Tacitus and Josephus, plus the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, attest to his existence. Not to mention a lot of people who knew him and passed it on.

4. Mr. Maher declared as if it was undisputed fact, that the men who wrote the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, did not know Jesus personally. He is just plain wrong, because the fact is Matthew, Mark and John all knew Jesus personally, and John knew him extremely well. Neither Bill Maher nor the movie Religulous offers any proof of this claim that the gospel writers did not know Jesus. On the other hand, the fact that they did know Jesus is well proven. The movie Religulous is an entertaining movie, but a factually true documentary it is not.

5. Bill made a big deal of the fact that the virgin birth of Jesus was in only two gospels, as if this were a contradiction. This is an example of the silliest arguments of atheists, but I suppose we should answer them. Bill thinks he has a touché point, that what historian and editor would choose to leave out the virgin birth in their story, if it were true? Well, Mark and John would. Why? Because people already had Matthew. John wrote his gospel when people already had Matthew, Mark and Luke. The gospel writers produced differing gospels, with differing goals, emphases, and different target audiences. Otherwise, why have 4 of them?

6. Bill thinks he has another sure touché point, when he says about Lot, a man that offered his daughters to be raped in order to prevent the homosexual rape of the two visiting men (angels), Imagine that; he was the good guy in the story. Because of this, he says, he couldn’t swear on such a disgusting book as the Bible. Well Bill, just because the Bible honestly portrays what actually happened in the life of a man, that does not mean the Bible endorses that action of that man. In fact, Lot is considered a very weak, marginal believer in the Bible and by Christians. But the other thing you are not realizing about the Lot story, is that that shows how unimaginably wicked Lot considered the act of a man “having sex” with another man would be. In other words, though rape of his daughters would be horrible, the homosexual act that the men of Sodom wanted to do, was even that much worse, and that urgently to be avoided.

7. Bill made a big deal of his argument that Jesus’ story parallels closely that of Horus of Egyptian mythology. Except that it does not, Bill. See Wikipedia for a debunking of this theory of identical mythological origins of Horus and Jesus.

8. Maher showed by the things he said in the movie that he thinks the meaning of life is sex. He essentially said that people who are religious are people who resort to that because they are losers who cannot get sex. This kind of thinking devalues all higher thinking and learning and endeavors, and makes Bill Maher no higher than an animal.

Bottom line is Religulous is an entertaining movie, but Maher’s main points about Christianity are certainly not accurate.

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