Monday, July 29, 2019

Support CSNTM

Dan Wallace shares a very nice video explaining CSNTM’s mission. As someone who has both worked with CSNTM and benefits significantly from their work, I would encourage you to support them.

More from Dan:
As we point out in the video, our work is urgent and significant. Manuscripts are deteriorating, some at an alarming rate. What is not mentioned is that CSNTM is funded solely by donations. Although hundreds of thousands of manuscript images can be viewed for free, they are costly to produce and archive. To digitize a single manuscript costs the Center $7500. Our job is a long way from being completed. And all these projects require funding. I’m asking you to consider making a donation to the Center.

We need more people to become part of the “Circle of Friends”—those who partner with us by donating monthly to our mission. Even more pressing is the need to fund projects that are waiting in the wings. Would you consider helping the Center in its mission to preserve unique, handwritten copies of the Christian Scriptures?

As I mention in the video, a thousand years ago a monk named Andrew wrote a personal note at the end of the manuscript he was copying: “The hand that wrote this is rotting in the grave, but the words that are written will last until the fullness of times.” His words have become our mission statement. Won’t you join us?


  1. Last week I noticed that the INTF has updated some of the Liste entries, marking them as 'destroyed.' This was probably done as part of the preparation for their forthcoming print edition of the Liste. Most of these have probably been known for some time that they were destroyed. But so far as I know none of these 28 minuscules were photographed, and now they are gone forever:

    258, 340, 341, 611, 907, 908, 1257, 1258, 1259, 1378, 1433, 1527, 1529, 1833, 1940, 2088, 2093, 2225, 2226, 2227, 2228, 2230, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2234, 2235, 2262

  2. On another note, it seems the table of contents is now released for the forthcoming Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. LXXXIV:

    Looks like no new NT Greek fragments.


    I put this page together earlier this year, showing the distribution of minuscules by location/institution, and the bold type-face shows which manuscripts have been newly color digitized. So yes, there is a long way to go before the CSNTM runs out of work.



    And a quick scroll through the list of lectionaries shows in the above link reveals an even greater need for CSNTM's work, as compared to the minuscules.