The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM), under the umbrella of The Center for the Research of Early Christian Documents (CRECD), exists for the following purposes:
To provide digital photographs of extant Greek New Testament manuscripts so that such images can be preserved, duplicated without deterioration, and accessed by scholars doing textual research.
To analyze individual scribal habits in order to better predict scribal tendencies in any given textual problem.
To publish on various facets of New Testament textual criticism.
To utilize developing technologies (e.g. OCR and MSI) to read these manuscripts and create exhaustive transcriptions.
To develop electronic tools for the examination and analysis of New Testament manuscripts.
To cooperate with other institutes in the great and noble task of determining the wording of the autographa of the New Testament.
SEPTEMBER 2002 – PRESENT
On September 13, 2002, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace founded the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) to utilize emerging technologies to preserve and study Greek New Testament manuscripts. Since then, CSNTM has collaborated with more than forty institutes on four continents to produce hundreds of thousands of images of New Testament manuscripts. Along with digitally preserving these treasured documents, CSNTM has made many of them widely available for viewing and study online. CSNTM has discovered dozens of New Testament manuscripts. View these images at CSNTM’s digital manuscript collection. In recent years, CSNTM expanded operations to include digitizing documents and artifacts important to the history, transmission, and study of the Greek New Testament. Along with the growing set of digitized resources, the Center seeks to expand the in-house library and host scholarly gatherings to continue the work of preserving and understanding the text and history of the New Testament.