By: Denis Salgado How Did Variants Arise? As I write this—I mean, as I type this—I realize how much computers have simplified the writing process. No need for drippy feather quills or smudgy ink. And copying a text? That’s even easier, right? That’s what copy machines and scanners are for! We can easily create exactContinue reading Manuscripts 101: What is a textual variant?
Manuscripts 101: Manuscript Materials
By: Todd Leibovitz We have all, at some point, entered a bookstore excited to find a new adventure or love story to read. We look at the signs indicating genres. We meander around a section perusing titles and their covers. As we decide what to read, we may ask, “Do I know the author?” “WillContinue reading Manuscripts 101: Manuscript Materials
Manuscripts 101: The Layout of Greek New Testament Catena Manuscripts
By: Andrew J. Patton Editor’s note: This post goes into more detail about one aspect of catena manuscripts. For a more general introduction to Greek New Testament catena manuscripts, see the previous Manuscripts 101 blog on Greek New Testament catena manuscripts. Greek New Testament catena manuscripts contain two primary texts: the Greek New Testament andContinue reading Manuscripts 101: The Layout of Greek New Testament Catena Manuscripts
Manuscripts 101: Greek New Testament Catena Manuscripts
By: Andrew J. Patton When asked by the apostle Philip if he understood what he was reading, the Ethiopian Eunuch replied, “How can I . . . unless someone explains it to me” (Acts 8:31). As long as biblical writings have existed, people have sought explanations of them. Many Greek New Testament manuscripts come with a commentaryContinue reading Manuscripts 101: Greek New Testament Catena Manuscripts
Manuscripts 101: GA Numbers
Whether or not you self-identify as an “organized person,” every human uses organized systems to navigate life. Most stores arrange products by type, brand, use, or another relationship. Traffic laws and signs allow us to navigate without the danger or chaos that would ensue without them. Your own work desk and home involve some organizationContinue reading Manuscripts 101: GA Numbers
Manuscripts 101: Manuscript Contents
Mention the New Testament in conversation, and most people likely think of the final third of a printed Bible, available in almost any bookstore or library in a variety of translations and languages. New Testament scholars, however, think of the New Testament in broader terms. For these individuals, the New Testament is a body ofContinue reading Manuscripts 101: Manuscript Contents
Manuscripts 101: A Brief History of Greek Handwriting
By: Clark R. Bates, Guest Contributor Before an English New Testament is produced, translators consult a critical edition of the Greek New Testament. This “critical” edition develops from the compilation and comparison of thousands of handwritten Greek manuscripts. These manuscripts range from 1700 years old to 500 years old and are produced in two, distinctlyContinue reading Manuscripts 101: A Brief History of Greek Handwriting
Manuscripts 101: What is a Manuscript?
Manuscripts 101 blogs make up a series explaining different features of Greek New Testament manuscripts. Each post aims to equip non-specialist audience members to better understand and navigate the manuscripts in the digital collection. Furthermore, we hope to connect the broader audience with the ongoing study and preservation of New Testament manuscripts and the textContinue reading Manuscripts 101: What is a Manuscript?
Welcome to the Colophon
Welcome to the Colophon! In this space on CSNTM.org, we hope to connect with more of you. Even more, we hope to provide a bridge that helps our website users connect to the long tradition of preserving the text of the New Testament. Some visitors to our website hop right over to the digital collectionContinue reading Welcome to the Colophon
From the Library: Byzantine Lectionaries and Advent
By: Andrew J. Patton and Leigh Ann Thompson Throughout history, Christians oriented time around Jesus Christ. It started by recognizing the first day of the week by his resurrection. Later, significant days like Easter and Epiphany were commemorated. Even entire special seasons like Advent and Lent were observed. Scripture, naturally, played a crucial part inContinue reading From the Library: Byzantine Lectionaries and Advent