Manuscript Welcome to the Center for New Testament Restoration (CNTR): “Bringing scientific textual criticism to the masses.” 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?” This short video provides an introduction to some of the goals of the CNTR, and more detailed information can be found in the CNTR Project Overview which is paving the way for scientific textual criticism. With the completion of 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 over 200 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 Services menu along with transcriptions of each individual manuscript. 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 CNTR project is a continual work in progress and various aspects of the CNTR database are at different stages of development. Most of the work should be considered to be in a beta stage of development unless otherwise indicated. Work that is still in a beta stage of development will remain under copyright to prevent errors from being distributed, and then will be released under a Creative Commons license when it is ready for distribution. So far, the individual manuscript transcriptions have been made available for download in the Manuscript Encoding Specification (MES) format released under the Creative Commons BY-SA license. Please contact the CNTR to report any errors or discrepancies that you may find.

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Alan Bunning, D.Litt.
Executive Director
Center for New Testament Restoration

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