CSNTM to Digitize Manuscripts at the National Library of Greece
12 January 2014
On January 7, the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts’ Executive Director, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, and Research Manager, Robert D. Marcello, traveled to Athens to meet with the Director of the National Library, Filippos Tsimboglou. After meeting with the Director last September to begin discussions of a collaboration, they worked out final negotiations and signed a contract for CSNTM to digitize all the New Testament manuscripts of the National Library. This is a historic collaboration between one of the five largest repositories of Greek New Testament manuscripts and the world’s leading institute in digitizing Greek New Testament manuscripts. Approximately 300 manuscripts with 150,000+ pages of text will be digitized over the next two years. CSNTM is excited to be working with Dr. Tsimboglou and his staff on this strategic undertaking.
The National Library of Greece in Athens
The project will begin in January 2015 with Dr. Wallace spending a significant amount of time in Athens, preparing the manuscripts for digitization. Then a team of 7–8 people from CSNTM will arrive in Athens to digitize the manuscripts. After the digitization work, the project will conclude with several months of post-production image processing. CSNTM, a Plano, Texas non-profit institute, has been digitizing manuscripts throughout the world since 2002.
Rob Marcello, Filippos Tsimboglou, and Dan Wallace at the NL Athens
This is the first expedition for CSNTM in which they are announcing ahead of time where and when they are going. The cost for the expedition, including equipment and follow-through, will be approximately $835,000. When the project is completed, all the images will be posted at www.csntm.org and will be accessible to everyone free of charge. If you would like to donate, please click here.
P46 Is Now Complete
Robert D. Marcello
6 January 2014
In July of 2014 the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) traveled to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to digitize their New Testament Papyrus of Paul’s letters (P46). The CSNTM team consisted of Daniel B. Wallace, Robert D. Marcello, and Jacob W. Peterson. This was part of a combined project which will virtually reunite P46 since it is housed in two separate locations. The University was gracious to allow CSNTM to digitize their portion of the manuscript, and our staff was able to work with the University’s preservation department, which is known around the world for their work in papyrological preservation. A special thanks goes to Dr. Brendan Haug, the archivist of the Papyrology Collection and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies, for his willingness to participate in this project and for his hospitality.
P46 or Papyrus 46 in the Gregory-Aland system is the earliest Papyrus (c. AD 200) of the letters of Paul and Hebrews. It is housed at the Chester Beatty Library (CBL) in Dublin, Ireland and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. CSNTM digitized the CBL portion in the summer of 2013 producing stunning high-resolution digital images that are already being used in theses and research around the globe. This manuscript is vitally important for understanding the transmission and earliest stages of the text of Paul’s writings, and we are excited to add the University of Michigan’s images to our Library.
P46—both the CBL and Michigan images—may now be found in the CSNTM library.
More Papyrus Images Online!
Robert D. Marcello
12 December 2013
The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) is continuing to grow its online resources. Today we are proud to announce that we now have images of 128 papyri manuscripts in our archives, 111 digital papyri manuscripts online, and 80 of these available publicly (the remaining are available for private viewing only due to contractual arrangements). This includes the new high resolution images of the Chester Beatty Papryi!
As always, we strive to continually make as many images available publically as possible. We will continue to grow our collections in the months to come; please be on the lookout for more exciting additions to the CSNTM site.
Debut of Chester Beatty Papyri and New User Tools at CSNTM!
Press Release (8 Nov 2013):
The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (www.csntm.org) is well known for digitizing ancient
biblical manuscripts. But the Center is not well known for having a
user-friendly website. Because of a generous donation, the Center is giving a much-needed face-lift to its site. Phase I includes the following new features:
- A basic search function now allows users to look at manuscripts by date, material, content, etc. You will notice a new search bar at the top of the manuscripts page. Simply enter in the data you’re looking for, and only those manuscripts that meet the criteria will be displayed.
- Viewing technology has been added, allowing
users to see thumbnail images instead of just a link. Simply click on the
thumbnail and the high-resolution image is displayed in the viewer below. Users can now zoom in and examine manuscripts without having to open individual pages.
This feature is currently available only for manuscripts digitized on the last
five expeditions Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence; Gennadius Library in Athens; University of Athens Historical Museum; City Historical Library of Zagora, Greece; and the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin). More to come!
- The website also provides links to the images of
29 (and growing!) significant manuscripts in various libraries throughout the world.
- CSNTM currently has over 450 manuscripts listed in
its manuscript page, with more than 1100 manuscripts in our archives. We are working on getting all 1100+ manuscripts listed on the site. As always, when the Center gets permission, the images of manuscripts become accessible to all.
The most exciting new additions to the CSNTM website are the
Chester Beatty biblical manuscripts (which we digitized in the summer of 2013).
These include all Old and New Testament Greek papyri, apocryphal texts, and all
Greek New Testament manuscripts housed at the CBL in Dublin. Best of all, these
can now be viewed on the manuscripts page. Using state-of-the-art digital
equipment, the Center photographed each manuscript against white and black
backgrounds. The result was stunning. The photographs reveal some text that has
not been seen before.
CSNTM is grateful to the CBL for the privilege of digitizing
these priceless treasures. The staff were extremely competent and a joy to work with. We are grateful to Fionnuala Croke, Director of CBL, for the opportunity to digitize their biblical texts. And we wish to thank Dr. Larry Hurtado, Edinburgh University, and the late Dr. Sean Freyne, Trinity College, Dublin, for recommending CSNTM for this important undertaking.
Daniel B. Wallace,
Executive Director of CSNTM
Robert D. Marcello,
Research Manager of CSNTM