TC Notes Archive

Cataloging a New Discovery: GA 2892 and GA 2893

Jeff Hargis


In December 2008, the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts posted a description of codex VK 908,1 a manuscript at the Scriptorium in Orlando, FL. The article discussed the contents and organization of this previously uncatalogued New Testament manuscript, which actually consists of two separate manuscripts bound together into a single codex.

These two manuscripts have now been assigned Gregory-Aland numbers by the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung (INTF) in Muenster, Germany. The numbers given to the first and second manuscripts in the codex are GA 2892 and GA 2893, respectively.

The assigning of Gregory-Aland numbers to new manuscript finds is important for several reasons. First, the process serves as an independent confirmation of the validity of a manuscript discovery. The INTF confirms in such cases that a manuscript is actually new and not, for example, one that was previously known and later lost or transferred to another owner. Second, the GA number gives to New Testament scholars a common “handle” by which to identify a manuscript; it is this universal standard nomenclature that New Testament scholars know the manuscripts by rather than the shelf numbers of the institutes that possess these manuscripts. Finally, the assigning of a Gregory-Aland number gives notice to scholars around the world that the manuscript exists; ultimately its contents, dimensions, date, and other relevant features of the manuscript will be publicized as well.

The INTF plays an indispensable role in the study of the New Testament text. The Center is grateful to the Institut for its cooperation in cataloging these two manuscripts.

1Two Manuscripts in One: VK 908,” posted December 27, 2008 at