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IS JOHANNES GREBER?
The Watchtower Bible & Tract society has always sought scholarly
support for its theology. The trouble is, sometimes they have difficulty
finding it. In several Watchtower publications, the Society cites a work
of Johannes Greber as supporting its theology.(See below) Greber's stand
on many major doctrines is identical to that of the Watchtower society. He
does not believe in the Trinity and denies that Jesus is God.
In His own translation of the New Testament, Greber translates John 1:1 in
a way strikingly similar to the Society's NEW WORLD TRANSLATION. He calls
Jesus, or the Word, a god, rather than God. Both Watchtower publications,
MAKE SURE OF ALL THINGS, page 489, and THE WORD WHO IS HE ACCORDING TO
JOHN, page 5, quote his translation to support their own rendering of that
A look into Greber's background proves most enlightening. In 1923, Greber,
a Roman Catholic priest, became interested in communication with spirit
beings. These spirits often spoke through his wife, a spirit medium, and
told him the Bible was full of errors. The Bible clearly forbids all
contact with demons professing to bring messages from God. Knowing this,
the Society has even attempted to hinder research about Greber by
informing inquirers writing them in 1981, that they do not know where his
new Testament can be obtained.3 Yet, we have a copy of an official
Watchtower letter sent to the Greber Foundation dated December 20, 1980
thanking them for sending their New Testament and a book entitled
COMMUNICATION WITH THE SPIRIT WORLD OF GOD.
The Watchtower Society first began quoting Greber's translation on John
1:1 in 1962. To show the depths of their deception and that they knew what
they were doing, we find that six years earlier, in the 1956 Watchtower,
page 111, the Society mentions Greber and warns readers against his
We would like to add our own warning for all Jehovah's Witnesses and Bible
believers. Beware of the Watchtower's own NEW WORLD TRANSLATION, for it
has been tainted by the teachings of demons.
1 - THE WORD, WHO IS HE? -- ACCORDING TO JOHN, 1962, p. 5;
2 - AID TO BIBLE UNDERSTANDING, 1971, pp.
3 - MAKE SURE OF ALL THINGS, 1965, p. 489;
4 - WATCHTOWER, September 15, 1962, p. 554,
5 - WATCHTOWER, October 15, 1975, p. 640;
6 - WATCHTOWER, April 15, 1976, p. 231.
The Watchtower is deliberately lying!
Just take a look at the dates of these two
So, in 1981 the Watchtower Society didn't know any place to get the
Greber Translation? That's a blatant lie! Just take a look at this letter
the Watchtower Society did send to The JOHANNES GREBER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
about a year before - December 20. 1980: