For many readers, the conclusion to this year can’t come too soon. The chaos in the world—both economic and military, the new lows in national and international discourse, even the geopolitical shape-shifting of late—all this contributes to our cultural and personal malaise. 2016 will soon be in the books and the perennial hope of a better time will spring forth on the first of January.
But 2016 has meant something quite different for the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. With the incredible outpouring of gifts, both large and small, CSNTM was able to complete its largest expedition ever. The two-year expedition to Athens, to digitize the New Testament manuscripts at the National Library, was completed earlier this summer. At a cost of nearly $800,000, with teams of highly-trained folks working in Athens for months at a time, the Center digitized over 300 New Testament manuscripts, weighing in at astounding 150,000 pages of unique, handwritten texts!
And YOU are the reason they were so successful! We are so grateful for the almost unbelievable response from faithful partners who are deeply concerned about the Bible. These manuscripts are the material link to Jesus and the apostles, producing a long chain of evidence back to the earliest times.
CSNTM has now digitized twenty percent of all Greek NT manuscripts. And they make these available on csntm.org free for all, free for all time. With the completion of the latest expedition, new doors have opened in Europe and elsewhere. As always, capitalizing on these opportunities depends on the friends of CSNTM. As you think about your year-end giving, would you consider assisting CSNTM once again?
Thank you for your partnership and prayers. We wish you all a most blessed Christmas! Amidst the tumult of the times, we still have much to celebrate.