This week, as many of us break from our work and gather with others to reflect on the year, I find much for which to give thanks. CSNTM will soon end one of our best years ever. Once travel restrictions were lifted, we sent teams to Houston, Washington, D.C., and London to photograph manuscripts. In London alone, CSNTM captured nearly 12,000 images of Greek New Testament manuscripts and a couple of other important historical documents. Our research team continues to prepare these for publication on the CSNTM website.
Beyond the incredible additions of these resources to scholarship, CSNTM hosted a gathering of New Testament textual scholars. The inaugural CSNTM Text & Manuscript Conference convened in May, offering many of the attendees the first opportunity in more than two years to collaborate and discuss their work in the New Testament text with peers. One observer said the conference boasted the finest lineup of New Testament textual scholars he had ever seen. Five main speakers, four of them international, and another dozen scholars presented papers. The conference significantly raised our profile in the community of scholars, solidified old relationships, established several new connections, and has led to more potential expeditions.
More than the incredible strides taken to digitally preserve historical New Testament artifacts and the benefits of collaboration with other workers in the field, I am incredibly thankful to link arms with a community of passionate individuals willing to strive towards the mission together. We continue to preserve New Testament manuscripts, copies of history’s most important document, and make them available for many to study. Together, we continue to encourage New Testament scholarship and collaboration. Through this incredible partnership, we have seen important advances in the great and noble task of ensuring the accuracy of the New Testament text that we continue to use, expound, and proclaim.