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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?” 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 others 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.


With the completion its first major milestone, the CNTR has now released digital transcriptions of almost every known extant Greek manuscript containing portions of the New Testament up to year 400 AD, which some have considered to be the “holy grail” of textual criticism. The CNTR database now contains over 1.5 million words featuring 193 early witnesses from extant manuscripts. If you know of any other Greek New Testament source dated before 400 AD, please contact the CNTR so that it might be included. 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 has made several other contributions to advance the field of textual criticism which are listed along with the Latest Updates under the News tab.


The CNTR transcriptions are released under a Creative Commons license in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) XML format and can be accessed 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. Many thanks to Micheal Palmer for providing services to host this website under his domain.


This website works best with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer 9 or above. If the manuscripts do not appear to be using Koine Greek characters, please download the free KoineGreek font located under the Resources tab.