For centuries, scribes preserved and shared the books of the Greek New Testament by copying each word by hand from one manuscript to the next. Their painstaking labor remains in an “embarrassment of riches”—nearly 6,000 unique manuscripts scattered across the globe.
CSNTM’s mission is to preserve these ancient New Testament manuscripts for the modern world. As the scribes used the technology available to them—the quill and codex—to preserve and share copies of the Greek New Testament, we use today’s tools to accomplish the same task. The Center’s work ensures that the legacy of the scribes continues for future generations.
Today, there is a new set of technologies that promises to revolutionize and enhance the future study of New Testament manuscripts. That technology is multi-spectral imaging (MSI). MSI digitizes manuscripts at multiple points across the light spectrum so that text that has been erased or destroyed can be read clearly. Spectral imaging is the next step in the centuries’ long task of preserving, sharing, and studying the text of the New Testament. The video below gives an introduction to this remarkable technology.
One of the best ways that you can get involved with the next generation of preserving and sharing Scripture is by joining the Circle of Friends monthly donation program. Your partnership will enable CSNTM to purchase multi-spectral imaging equipment and use it to preserve ancient New Testament manuscripts for the modern world.