Press Release from CSNTM

Press Release (8 Nov 2013):

Debut of Chester Beatty Papyri and New User Tools at CSNTM


The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts ( 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 Dr. 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


3 thoughts on “Press Release from CSNTM

  1. Ren A. Lpez


    This is superb. BTW, have you been able to look at my ms?

    Blessings, Ren

    Ren A. Lpez, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies Dallas Theological Seminary Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary Scripture Unlocked Ministries P.O. Box 2701 Rowlett, TX 75030-2701 (972) 693-3232 D E D I C A T E D T O U N L O C K I N G S C R I P T U R E T O M A K E L I F E- C H A N G I N G T R U T H A V A I L A B L E T O A L L


  2. cynthia curran

    This is aside but the aerial toll houses in eastern Orthodoxy do seem Gnostic. Also, I read about folk religion in Cyprus in the 17th century where a demon tries to claim you before your baptized. The orthodox don’t baptized until the 40th day which leaves you open to a demon trying to that your soul. Evangelicals sometimes have strange views on the end times or whether the Earth is 6,000 years old but some beliefs of Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy are just as strange or stranger and of course they don’t get the ridicule as much since in the case of Eastern Orthodoxy they are not known in the west. The aerial toll houses don’t line up with the bible or even church councils so its another reason for me to stay protestant.


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