Thursday: Preserving History & Providing Access

The core of CSNTM’s mission is Preserving History and Providing Access. We preserve history by digitizing Greek New Testament manuscripts at collections around the world in our portable digitization lab. And we provide access by sharing these images in a freely accessible and easily searchable online library.

Listen to Dan Wallace tell the story of a manuscript CSNTM serendipitously discovered in England, how we digitized it in the owners’ home, and the impact it has had on the text of the New Testament because researchers were able to study the images.

Every single manuscript we photograph has a story to tell. We just don’t always know what the story is going to be.

Expedition to the Chester Beatty Library

In 2013, we digitized one of the most important collections of biblical papyri in the world at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland. The project included Papyrus 46, the oldest manuscript of Paul’s letters in the world; Papyrus 45, a second century Gospels and Acts manuscript; and Papyrus 47, a very early manuscript of Revelation.

Expedition to the National Library of Greece

In 2015 and 2016, we digitized one of the largest collections of New Testament manuscripts in the world at the National Library of Greece in Athens, Greece. Nearly 300 manuscripts were digitized, producing more than 150,000 images. This collaboration preserved a major portion of Byzantine and biblical history.

From the Library: GA 2907

Andrew Bobo writes about Codex 2907, focusing on interesting details found in its text.

Helps for Readers: A Page from GA 773

Andrew Bobo and Andrew Patton write about a page from a medieval manuscript with many features that help the reader read well.

Eusebian Canons in Greek New Testament Manuscripts

Andrew Patton and Leigh Ann Hyde write about Eusebian Canons, an ancient way to mark parallel passages in the Gospels.

Their professionalism, the quality of their work, and their state-of-the-art equipment were excellent.

— Vera Valitutto, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana