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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review of Debate between Daniel B. Wallace and Bart D. Ehrman

19 October 2011

Nika Spaulding and Robert D. Marcello

Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus, stately columns reminiscent of the Grecian architecture of old greeted the nearly 1500 guests eager to watch the debate. The sheer numbers guaranteed that this debate would be the largest such event in history. Both the building and attendees—scholars, Christians, seekers, skeptics, atheists, Muslims, Mormons—suggested the magnitude of the subject matter: the reliability of the text of the New Testament. Expectations soared for the two scholars debating—our own Dr. Daniel B. Wallace and Dr. Bart D. Ehrman—and neither would disappoint.

Monday, August 15, 2011

SMU Debate

Robert D. Marcello

August 15, 2011

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) is proud to announce the SMU Debate between two noted New Testament scholars, Dr. Bart D. Ehrman and Dr. Daniel B. Wallace. The debate will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 7 PM in the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium at Southern Methodist University. This debate will feature a dialogue on the reliability of the text of the New Testament. Though Ehrman and Wallace have held public debates in the past, this one will focus on providing a general audience with insider information regarding one of the most significant pieces of literature ever written. Dr. Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, is a New York Times bestselling author who has published over 20 books. His book, Misquoting Jesus: The Story behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, questioned the reliability of the New Testament text, arguing that Christian scribes have corrupted it beyond repair. Dr. Wallace, director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts and New Testament Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, has spent his life studying and digitizing ancient copies of the New Testament. He has authored and edited numerous books; most recently he has edited and contributed to Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence. He asserts that we have good reason to believe that the New Testament text is reliable. If you are interested in the New Testament or in its reliability, this is sure to be an event you will not want to miss. For more information on the debate and to purchase tickets, please visit

Friday, July 1, 2011

Free Audio and Video Now Available around the World on iTunes U

Robert D. Marcello

July 1, 2011

Today the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) announces that it is now available on iTunes U, a dedicated area of the iTunes Store ( that offers free audio and video content from leading educational institutions.

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) has always been committed to helping others understand the reliability of our New Testaments, the history of translations, the study of the text, and significant figures who have made this possible.

Beginning today, CSNTM is making a series of videos concerning New Testament manuscripts, textual criticism, history of the New Testament, and expert commentary on key verses available as a free download on iTunes U.

Featured in the videos are interviews and footage shot around the world of important people involved in the work of the Center. Dr. Daniel B. Wallace will also be featured as he explains important aspects in the study of the text of the New Testament.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Athens 2011: Four New Manuscript Discoveries on My First Trip Abroad

For the last two weeks of May, CSNTM’s Executive Director Dr. Daniel B. Wallace led a four-man team to Greece to photograph eight New Testament manuscripts at the Byzantine and Christian Museum (BXM) in Athens.

We had a stellar team. J. D. Lemming, a former CSNTM intern and seasoned expedition-vet, added some timely experience to the shoot. Paul Wheatley, another former intern of Dr. Wallace, also came with us. Because he and his wife lived in Athens from 2007 to 2009, he is fluent in modern Greek, is well versed when it comes to Athenian culture, got the four-man team cheap lodging, and knows all the great spots to get gyros. Having Paul with us was insightful and very important in terms of solidifying vital contacts for future expeditions, not just in Athens, but all across Greece. The expedition was undoubtedly significant for CSNTM in many respects, but for me it was the experience of a lifetime. This was my first time abroad and the first time to see the mission of CSNTM in action.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

CSNTM is on Facebook!

Robert D. Marcello

June 2, 2011

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) now has its own Facebook page and group. Feel free to "like" us in order to receive updates on expeditions, noteworthy news, and answers to your questions.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Accordance Releases New Module Featuring CSNTM Images

Jeff Hargis

January 10, 2011

The biblical software company Accordance has announced the release of a new module featuring images from CSNTM. The module was unveiled at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2010. The module includes images of four manuscript facsimiles and one actual manuscript held by the Center: Sinaiticus (01), Alexandrinus (02), Vaticanus (03, pseudo-facsimile), Washingtonianus (032), and GA 2882, the last owned by CSNTM.

These images can be added straight into Accordance software, and they are already fully indexed. They can also be compared side by side within a workspace; using this module, the user can view the more than 1,300 images alongside additional resources including an electronic text, the apparatus generated by the Center for New Testament Textual Studies, and Philip W. Comfort’s New Testament Text and Translation Commentary. Since the modules are stored locally on your own computer, there is no need to wait for the images to download from the Internet.

The New Testament Manuscripts Image Collection module retails for $179. For more information on this new module, see the informative blog post by Rick Bennett.