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Manuscript Welcome to the Center for New Testament Restoration (CNTR): “Bringing scientific textual criticism to the masses”. 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 193 early witnesses from extant manuscripts. A computer-generated collation of all the manuscripts is located under the Manuscripts tab and from there individual transcripts of manuscripts can also be selected. 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 can be accessed under the Resources tab.

 

The manuscript transcriptions themselves are released under a Creative Commons license in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) XML format and can be downloaded under the Resources tab. 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 that 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). The latest draft of the description of the CNTR project is found in the Project Description located under the Resources tab. A PowerPoint presentation of this project was also discussed at the Society of Biblical Literature 2015 Conference.

 

All of the latest updates to the project are listed under the News tab. This website works best with the newer versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge browsers. If the manuscripts do not appear to be using Koine Greek characters, please download the free KoineGreek font located under the Resources tab. Many thanks to Micheal Palmer for providing services to host this website.

 

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