Our Mission

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM), under the umbrella of The Center for the Research of Early Christian Documents (CRECD), exists for the following purposes:

  1. To make digital photographs of extant Greek New Testament manuscripts so that such images can be preserved, duplicated without deterioration, and accessed by scholars doing textual research.
  2. To utilize developing technologies (OCR, MSI, etc.) to read these manuscripts and create exhaustive collations.
  3. To analyze individual scribal habits in order to better predict scribal tendencies in any given textual problem.
  4. To publish on various facets of New Testament textual criticism.
  5. To develop electronic tools for the examination and analysis of New Testament manuscripts.
  6. To cooperate with other institutes in the great and noble task of determining the wording of the autographa of the New Testament. 
The work of CSNTM is extremely important for preparing a new scholarly edition of the N.T. text because it provides the editors with coloured photos of excellent quality of important old manuscripts which are much more informing and expressive than the older microfilm copies.

–Professor Martin Hengel, PhD

The Late Emeritus Professor, Universität Tùˆbingen, Germany