Questions or Trouble?
Users may contact the CSNTM team with questions about manuscripts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Other queries, not specifically related to manuscripts, may be sent to email@example.com.
CSNTM aims to make all Greek New Testaments available in complete archival digital images to any who wish to view them.
The benefit of a digital manuscript collection lies in the fact that the mileage between the physical locations of the manuscripts reduces to the click of a mouse. To accomplish this, the CSNTM team has traveled across the globe to partner with institutions that own Greek New Testament manuscripts. Other institutions and manuscript owners that have already digitized their collections have generously shared their images with the CSNTM digital manuscript collection. By increasing the collection, CSNTM aids scholars by creating a thorough and complete database of excellent images of the Greek New Testament, a ‘one-stop-shop’ suited for intently studying manuscript pages through digital images.
Search the Digital Manuscript Collection
The CSNTM digital manuscript collection employs two tools to aid in searching for a specific manuscript. The first is the search bar at the top of the manuscript home page. Users may simply type in the GA number, institution, book of the New Testament, material, or shelf number to bring up any associated manuscript entries. A second tool is the filter feature found on the left side of the page. Selecting certain features limits the search results to include only those which have been marked.
Once a search has been executed, users may browse the entries which meet the specifications of the search to select a manuscript for viewing.
View a Manuscript
To enter the viewer page for a manuscript, a user must click the VIEW button within the entry on the search.
Users may scroll through the thumbnails on the left of the viewer page to select the page to be displayed on the viewer screen. Toggle features allow for users to use the mouse or the ZOOM IN and ZOOM OUT buttons, in the top left of the viewer, to examine features more acutely. Clicking the HOME button restores the image to 100% size. A full-screen option is available for each image, opened by selecting the TOGGLE FULL-SCREEN button to the right of the HOME button.
Users may select the panels they wish to display with the buttons above the top right corner of the viewer. The thumbnail bar to the left of the viewer allows users to see which page is currently being displayed in the viewer. Users may scroll down and select a thumbnail for display in the viewer. When selected, viewer filters appear to the left of the thumbnail bar. The filter bar allows users to jump to a book, passage, or selected features. Double-clicking on any feature serves as a “negative selection,” and removes those features from the images for viewing.
Another way in which users can specify which images appear in the thumbnail selection for the viewer is by changing the viewing format. Below the buttons for FILTERS, THUMBNAILS, and DETAILS is a drop-down menu to select viewing format.
- BOOK VIEW – displays the manuscript as a book, starting with the cover, and then opens to two pages at once, the backside of the previous page and the front side of the next, as if reading a book.
- COVERS AND COLOR – displays only images of the cover and color chart. These are removed from “book view” to preserve the feel of reading a book.
- ALL IMAGES – includes both sets, the “book view” images and the “cover and color chart” images. In this view, one image, as one page at a time displays in the viewer.
Details about the manuscript selected for viewing display above the viewer. These details include classification, date, location, material, features, and a description. When CSNTM digitizes manuscripts, these details are recorded before shooting. To view all the recorded information, click MORE MANUSCRIPT INFORMATION for a pop-up window.
Metadata tags for each image are displayed below the manuscript viewer. At the present time, image tagging is a manual collaborative work in progress. Though our team of staff and volunteers have worked hard to tag a great number of manuscripts, many still lack thorough metadata tagging. Individuals who are interested in helping to tag manuscript images may share their interest with CSNTM by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.