Hi! My name is Ju Lynn Tucay. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I moved to America to pursue my studies, and I graduated from Pacific Rim Christian College in Honolulu, HI. I had the opportunity to study biblical Greek during college, which cultivated my strong interest in the language. I particularly love how Greek enables me to read familiar passages from God’s Word with a completely new perspective. As a college student, I was well aware of Dr. Wallace and his contribution to the field, and so I decided to pursue my ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary and learn from the best. Now, as a ThM student and CSNTM intern, I have a deep appreciation for this field.
I knew I wanted to intern with CSNTM as soon as I arrived at DTS. I share the Center’s passion for preserving manuscripts and sharing them with the world, and so I wanted to contribute to this important work. It felt like a dream come true to be selected as an intern. Although my initial experience was a difficult adjustment, my internship has proven to be incredibly beneficial. These past few months, we have been processing manuscript images that CSNTM took in Athens last year. It feels surreal to be working with images of actual manuscripts. I have learned so much that books cannot teach. I have grown in my ability to read and understand ancient texts. Most importantly, my confidence in our New Testament text has been dramatically strengthened. When scholars debate these textual issues, I now feel equipped to look at the manuscripts myself and understand the discussions.
The best part of being at CSNTM is the firsthand experience of reading manuscripts that impacted the lives of the community in which they were originally read. I have been able to work with manuscripts from as early as 200 AD (with no spaces between words!) and later ones with fancy icons and even gold embossment. As I work with them, I often imagine the lives of the fellow saints who used these manuscripts in their worship and study. They may have lived in face of suffering, pain, and death, but the words of these texts brought hope and good news. It reminds me that Christians throughout the centuries have needed God’s Word in each and every generation.
My future goal is to teach Greek and textual criticism in a higher education setting. There are tons of manuscripts waiting to be studied, and my hope is that more people, whether in Malaysia or wherever God places me, will have the opportunity to be exposed to the field of textual criticism. My hope is that the church will not fear or hide from questions about the New Testament text but know how and why we have can have an abundant confidence in the text of God’s Word.