The concept for the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts began long before it became an official non-profit organization. In my sabbatical at Cambridge University in 1995 I logged many happy weeks at the University Library examining New Testament manuscripts. Peter Head then of Tyndale House, Cambridge, and I even spent a day poring over Codex Cantabrigiensis, a fifth-century codex that had been donated to the University in 1581 by Theodore Beza. Digital photography was starting to have an impact in the late 90s. Dr. Hall Harris (CSNTM board member) urged me to start my own institute for examining and photographing NT manuscripts. The need was great: only microfilms were available for most NT manuscripts, and the quality was abysmal. Frequently, the text was illegible on these microfilms, and virtually all marginal notes by the scribes were way too blurry to read. Our knowledge, therefore, of the NT manuscripts was, in each instance, almost always incomplete. Once 4 megapixel digital cameras were produced, the time was right to found a new institute. Digital photography ushered in a new era of textual study: for the first time, these manuscripts would be easily accessible and read with great clarity…. To view the entire article, visit CSNTM.
5 thoughts on “15th Anniversary of CSNTM”
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Dr. Wallace and CSNTM:
Congratulations on this milestone of your ministry. What a service you are performing for the Kingdom of God! Keep up the good work…and keep sharing it with us.
Jerry R. Ensey
Happy organizational birthday!
Congratulations! This is a very important organization. I look for every single Dan Wallace video online and listen to it. I’ve learned more about textual criticism from reading and listening to Dan that just about everyone else put together.
One request – can you PLEASE get the owners of the alleged Mark MS to publish before I am dead!
Congratulations! Your work inspires and encourages Christians, like me, to:
‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.’
2 Timothy 2:15
This is important because we need to:
‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’
1 Peter 5:8
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