Our mission is simple: To make 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. In this, the study of such manuscripts is vital not only for scholars, but for those who see the Christian scriptures as indispensable for faith and practice.
Over the last few years, CSNTM has embarked on making resources available to the public through multiple forms of media. One of these is iTunes U (www.itunes.com). It is our pleasure to announce that our initial goals in publishing on iTunes U have been reached!We are pleased to report that over 45 videos have been uploaded across six different collections—all of them free to the public.
Apple’s iTunes U (iTunes University) is an Internet based educational platform that is available free of charge to the public. People from all walks of life and educational backgrounds access the site all around the world. Anyone can educate themselves on topics like science, literature, history and more, just by the click of the mouse.The list of publishers on iTunes U is impressive too: Yale, Harvard, Duke, The New York Public Library, Oxford, Cambridge—and this is only to name a few. From K–12 to University-level instruction, iTunes U has something for everyone and it is all at the tip of your fingers. CSNTM is proud to be a part of such an amazing resource.The project started with two undergirding objectives in mind: (1) to continue to live up to our name of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts; and (2) to make such studies available to the public on the wonderful platform of iTunes U. We are pleased to report that over 45 videos have been uploaded across six different collections—all of them free to the public.
In July 2011, the Center announced the launch of their iTunes U site (CSNTM on iTunes U). The project has been years in the making. Each video has been filmed and produced by professional filmmakers and video editors. Many of the videos were captured in sites all around the world including Munich, Cambridge, Paris, and the Island of Patmos. The project has undergone hundreds of hours of tweaking by CSNTM interns and staff.The project has undergone hundreds of hours of tweaking by CSNTM interns and staff.
Since the initial launch in July, CSNTM has continued to work diligently to upload many new educational videos free of charge. There are six collections on the CSNTM iTunes U site: The Basics of New Testament Textual Criticism, Scribal Methods and Materials, Pioneers of the Trade: Famous Text-Critical Scholars, Disputed New Testament Passages: Textual Criticism Put Into Practice, Famous Manuscripts and the Stories Behind Them, and An Insider’s Look Into the Work of CSNTM. These collections have foundational material for anyone interested in knowing the basics of textual criticism, the history of important manuscripts, notable scholars of the field, and more.
Further, the completion of this first stage comes on the heels of iTunes U making an announcement of their own. Just last month Apple announced their brand new iTunes U app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. They stated, “the app allows students and lifelong learners around the world to browse and download their content… they can now invite instructors to create and distribute complete courses including an outline, instructor bio, assignments, and course materials such as books, apps, and iTunes U content.” The world of iTunes U is growing more and more, and CSNTM right along with them.
As CSNTM continues to create, produce, and publish free of charge on iTunes U, we acknowledge the strategic importance of this partnership. But we also acknowledge an equally important partnership: the partnership we have with you.
From all of us at CSNTM, we would like to say thank your for your continued support of the Center. This project simply would not have been possible if it were not for you. Please visit us on iTunes U. It is just one of our ways of saying thank you.