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Featured Expedition Sites and MSI
The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) completed our largest digitization project at the National Library of Greece (NLG). Beginning in 2015 and continuing into 2016, we spent months working at the National Library of Greece digitizing their entire collection of Greek New Testament manuscripts. This collection is one of the largest in the world and has a multitude of priceless treasures, which are now digitally preserved for generations to come.
The Chester Beatty papyri, published in the 1930s and 1950s, are some of the oldest and most important biblical manuscripts. Housed at the Chester Beatty (CB) in Dublin, they have attracted countless visitors every year. The Greek biblical manuscripts at CB are among the most visited in the world, second only to Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Alexandrinus, both on display at the British Library. The CSNTM team traveled to Dublin in 2013 to digitize valuable New Testament manuscripts in the Chester Beatty’s collection. Along with images of papyri, CSNTM captured images of beautifully illuminated manuscripts. Some of the Chester Beatty papyri images eventually formed the basis of the 2020 publication of New Testament Papyri Facsimile Collection: P45, P46 and P47.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
In July of 2014, CSNTM traveled to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to digitize their New Testament Papyrus of Paul’s letters (P46). The CSNTM team consisted of Daniel B. Wallace, Robert D. Marcello, and Jacob W. Peterson. This was part of a combined project which will virtually reunite P46 since it is housed in two separate locations. The University graciously allowed CSNTM to digitize their portion of the manuscript. The CSNTM staff had the opportunity to work with the University’s preservation department, which is known around the world for their work in papyrological preservation.
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
In November of 2011, CSNTM digitized at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (BML) in Florence Italy. This phenomenal old library founded by the Medici family was designed by none other than Michelangelo himself. It now holds over 2,500 papyri, 11,000 manuscripts, and 128,000 printed texts. Because of this trip, CSNTM is proud to announce the addition of new images of 28 manuscripts from the BML, including 5 papyri. Since 2011, the BML sought to digitize its entire collection. More images from this prestigious institution are available in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana Digital Repository.
Multispectral Imaging (MSI) describes a method of image capture that utilizes different and specific wavelengths of light. From NASA satellites to the Dead Sea Scrolls, MSI technology allows researchers to obtain very specific details undetectable by the naked eye. CSNTM acquired MSI equipment in 2018 specifically to read damaged manuscripts and those with layers of text.
Website users may view the results obtained at each wavelength captured by MSI technology in our manuscript libraries. CSNTM looks forward to obtaining and utilizing new post-production software for even greater and more effective use.