Friday, May 21, 2010

News from the Virtual Manuscript Room

Great news from the Virtual Manuscript Room in Münster. Martin Faßnacht reports that eight new minuscules are available: 579, 1661, 1751, 2174, 2403, 2411, 2429 und 2743. Three of them are commentary MSS of Revelation.

Further, one of the Turin MSS, Greg.-Aland 338, which we reported on here asking for help with identification has now been identified to a large extent with the assistance of several users, e.g., Maurice Robinson and Steven Whatley who posted their identifications in the comments section to the post above. Bruce Morrill entered the data into the VMR. There is still work to do e.g. on B.VI.43 (=90002) half of which pages have been identified.

Further, Jairo Paes Cavalcante Filho has worked extensively on 339 (in B.V.8) and identified the following NT books: Mark, John, Acts, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians and James. There is still work to do here too, there are some litte fragments which must be identified yet. The data will be entered into the system, but at this point it has been made available in a PDF-file: List → GA 339 → Dossier_CavalcanteFilho_1.

Martin also says, in connection to our post on P126, that he has "expanded the possibility to link in the Handchriftenliste not only resources from the INTF Archiv but also from external links. Now one can find the articel of Claire Clivaz also in the Handschriftenliste under the GA number P126."

Update (22 May): I have corrected some errors in the post above.


  1. Well. I am not fond of this restrictive access. I am sure there are people like me, who have an interest in NTTC, but no access to these manuscripts due to restrictive access.

    Personally I think it is a bit odd to make a virtual manuscript room, put it on the Internet for everyone to see, and then make sure only a handful of people can actually use the website for research purposes by requiring a login. I am sure the Institute have reasons for doing this, but I think we should have a website with no such restrictions.

    Any thoughts?

  2. Timo, I think those restrictions are the conditions that makes this access to part of the material possible in the first place (due to the arrangement with the holding institutions).

    And, did you actually apply for access yourself? There are in fact not so many people like you with a degree in NT (textual criticism), Dr. Flink :-)

  3. No, I have not applied for access myself (yet). I am thinking the principle of the thing. I do understand the Institute probably has no other way of doing this due to reasons you mention. Still, it is a pity.

    I am sure, however, that if no such restrictions were in place, we could see more people writing on NTTC. Open information has a tendency to make people use it :) Lets try to make it so that we two won't end up being the only ones in NTTC in Nordic countries :)

  4. Hi Timo,

    Am a large fan of yours (as well as Timo Ball :).
    Am quite certain a man of your credentials will be granted expert status. Likely the following day.
    An unworthy wonk like me received such status. Status well worth the effort.
    Perhaps they are trying to reserve bandwidth for truly appreciative research- like yours. Or attempting to discourage deprecative dissimulation- unlike yours. Kinda like that word verification thing on these comments.
    Regardless, please apply Timo and grant us another Nordic blessing.

  5. Martin Fassnacht5/22/2010 2:12 pm

    Timo, it's not the fault of the INTF that we must have a restrictive access area. Our politics is to get and to offer all the material without any limits. But if we do not have the rights to bring mss in a public area we put them in the area where persons need a registration.
    What to you think is the better way: to store this mss only in our archiv (you have to come to Münster reading this mss) or to load them up in a restrictive area?
    I hope that all of the holding instituts some day agree with our and your opinion: NT mss are a public property and have to be free for access.
    Be invited to share this area since this dream will be true, there are already other researchers, students, private persons.