Welcome to the Center for New Testament Restoration (CNTR): “Bringing scientific textual criticism to the masses”. The latest draft of the CNTR Project Description is regularly being updated to reflect the latest developments of the project and is becoming a must read in the field of textual criticism. With the completion its first major milestone, the CNTR has released digital transcriptions of almost every known extant Greek manuscript containing portions of the New Testament up to the year 400 AD. The CNTR database now contains over 1.5 million words featuring 196 early witnesses from extant manuscripts. The CNTR collation has already been used in the creation of two new critical texts - the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) and the Bunning Heuristic Prototype (BHP) which serves as the basis for the unfoldingWord Greek New Testament (UGNT).
The highly acclaimed computer-generated collation of all the CNTR manuscripts is located under the Resources menu along with transcriptions of each individual manuscript. NEW With the completion of its second major milestone, the CNTR has provided an interlinear view of the collation so that for the first time in history, the average person who does not know Greek is now able to see where the variant readings are and can get an idea of what they mean. The context-sensitive English glosses are still a work in progress and should improve over the next few months. The individual manuscript transcriptions are also available in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) XML format released under a Creative Commons license that can be downloaded under the Resources menu. Realize that these transcriptions are still a work in progress, so derivative works will not be allowed until later when more of the bugs have been worked out of the system. Please contact the CNTR to report any errors or discrepancies that you may find.
One of the purposes of the CNTR is to apply a scientific approach to the age old question, “What was the original text of the New Testament?” For so long, the early Greek New Testament has been obfuscated from the average Christian because of incomplete data, restricted access, biased scholarship, financial barriers, and educational obstacles. The mission of the CNTR is to provide free, accessible, accurate electronic Greek texts and materials to encourage people to directly interact with the words of the New Testament. Not merely for the sake of head knowledge, but that many would apply this knowledge and be born again of the Spirit (John 3:3) by repenting of their sins (Acts 2:38) and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives (Rom. 10:9-10).
All of the latest updates to the project are documented in the Project Status option under the About menu. This website works best with the newer versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera browsers. If there appear to be problems, do a hard refresh (Ctrl-F5) to ensure that the latest updates take affect. If the manuscripts do not appear to be using Koine Greek characters, please download the free KoineGreek font.
Alan Bunning, D.Litt.
Center for New Testament Restoration