Monday, January 11, 2010

Sixty Manuscripts Available in the Virtual Manuscript Room (Münster)

Great things are happening in the Virtual Manuscript Room of Münster. Note that the URL has been changed. You can always reach the VMR in Münster and Birmingham, respectively, through the sidebar of this blog.

There are now (as of 11 January, 2010) sixty MSS in the VMR, twenty-four papyri, three majuscules and thirty-three minuscules. However, half of the manuscripts are only available in the "Expert Mode" for which special registration is necessary. The expert mode was announced on 30 November and launched on 12 December 2009. Here is the announcement in my translation:
In cooperation with the holding institutions, the INTF offers access to New Testament manuscripts. In this way, the INTF pursues the goal to be able to make manuscripts freely accessible to all users. In consideration of holding institutions, however, many manuscripts, can still not be made available at this point. In these cases the images are only available to a small circle of experts that are registered in the entry system. The entry system will soon be launched [2009-12-09]. Manuscripts without restrictions are available as before, but also thumbnails and transcriptions (when available) of restricted manuscripts. (2009-11-30).

Read also about the recent visit at the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung by Bundespräsident Horst Köhler in connection with the 50th anniversary of the institute here. I suppose this was the official celebration Klaus Wachtel mentioned in a comment to my anniversary note last year. In any case, I am happy to see the work of the institute being widely acclaimed by key persons in the state and the academy.

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