The New Living Translation and Tyndale House Publishers family mourns the loss of Dr. Philip W. Comfort who passed away on December 31, 2022, at the age of 72. Phil (as he was fondly known by all who knew him) was a member of the Bible Translation Committee for the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, serving for many years as New Testament Coordinating Editor. He also was a member of the Bible editorial team at Tyndale House for 34 years, from 1984 until his retirement in 2018, serving as Senior Bible Reference Editor.
Dr. Comfort was well known in the world of biblical scholarship as a world-class specialist and expert on the early manuscripts of the New Testament. He served as Professor of Greek and New Testament studies at Trinity School for Ministry and visiting professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. He wrote several comprehensive reference books, including New Testament Text and Translation Commentary (Tyndale House Publishers) and The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts (Kregel Academic). He also served as General Editor for the NLT Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series for Tyndale. Additionally, he and other scholars collaborated on several lay-oriented reference works published by Tyndale, such as Tyndale Bible Dictionary, The Complete Book of Who’s Who in the Bible, and Who’s Who in Christian History.
Dr. Comfort lived on Pawleys Island, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Comfort, and is survived by his three sons, Jeremy, John, and Peter.
Our love and prayers go out to his family and we are thankful to God for Phil’s impact on our lives.