Welcome to the Center for New Testament Restoration (CNTR): “Bringing scientific textual criticism to the masses.” The CNTR has quickly grown in popularity and its data has already been used in the creation of two new critical texts – the Tyndale House (TH) Greek New Testament and the Bunning Heuristic Prototype (BHP) Greek New Testament. The BHP served as the basis for the unfoldingWord Greek New Testament (UGNT), which has already been translated into several languages all over the world. More information about the CNTR can be found in this short video and the CNTR Project Overview.
One of the purposes of the CNTR is to apply a scientific approach to the age-old question, “What were the original autographs of the New Testament?” NEW The rationale for this is discussed in the new book, “Restoration of the New Testament: The Case for Scientific Textual Criticism”. The CNTR has now completed three major milestones along these lines, all firsts in an effort to advance the field of textual criticism:
1. The CNTR has released electronic transcriptions of every available extant Greek manuscript containing portions of the New Testament up to the year 400 AD, many of which still cannot be found anywhere else. The CNTR database now contains over 1.8 million words featuring over 200 of the earliest witnesses from extant manuscripts. All of these witnesses have been aligned into the highly-acclaimed CNTR computer-generated collation.
2. The CNTR has provided an English 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. All of the manuscripts and critical texts have been morphologically parsed to the same scheme and displayed with Enhanced Strongs Numbers which had never been done before.
NEW 3. The CNTR has now released the first computer-generated Greek New Testament called the Statistical Restoration (SR) Greek New Testament under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). The SR represents a fundamental paradigm shift in the field of textual criticism, replacing the subjectivity and theological bias of human editors with the use of objective statistical and computational methods. All the earliest manuscript evidence is fed directly to a computer program as raw data which generates a Greek New Testament to reflect the most probable text based on statistical analysis and algorithms designed to simulate reasoned eclecticism of textual criticism, weighing both internal and external evidence. More information about the SR can be found in its Introduction and this overview video.
The CNTR project is a continual work in progress and various aspects of the CNTR database are at different stages of development. All of the data on the website should be considered to be in a beta stage of development and remains restricted by copyright to prevent errors from being disseminated. When data is ready for public distribution, it is made available in the formats provided in the Resources area and released under a Creative Commons license. Please contact the CNTR to report any errors or discrepancies that you may find.
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Alan Bunning, D.Litt.
Center for New Testament Restoration
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