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Are the Biblical Documents Reliable? Leadership U, Jimmy Williams [New Testament Canon]

Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM), under the umbrella of The Center for the Research of Early Christian Documents (CRECD), exists for the following purposes: To make digital photographs of extant Greek New Testament manuscripts so that such images can be preserved, duplicated without deterioration, and accessed by scholars doing textual research. To utilize developing technologies (OCR, MSI, etc.) to read these manuscripts and create exhaustive collations. To analyze individual scribal habits in order to better predict scribal tendencies in any given textual problem. To publish on various facets of New Testament textual criticism To develop electronic tools for the examination and analysis of New Testament manuscripts. To cooperate with other institutes in the great and noble task of determining the wording of the autographa of the New Testament. [Online Text Archives] [Study Tools] [Collections]

Codex Hierosolymitanus (1056 CE) [New Testament Studies] [Church History]

Codex Sinaiticus [New Testament Studies] [Church History]

Coptic Manuscripts - Overview Courtesy of the Scriptorium; 1. Introduction 2. Form 3. Writing Material 4. Writing Tools 5. Binding 6. Format 7. Illumination 8. Dialects 9. Dating 10. Subject [Manuscripts] [Bible History]

Dating the Oldest New Testament Manuscipts by Peter van Minnen [New Testament Studies] [Bible History]

Great Isaiah Scroll Complete Manuscript Image An index to images of the entire Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa=Qa), dated to the second century B.C. [Bible manuscripts]

Guide to Early Church Documents Institute for Christian Leadership [New Testament Studies] [Church History]

Illuminated scroll of Esther of the 17th century Nice image. 17th century AD. [Manuscripts] [Images] [Bible History]

Interpreting Ancient Manuscripts The main focus of the web is on the process used to study the ancient manuscripts upon which the New Testament is based. While the language discussed is Greek, almost everything is explained with transliterations into English and, where applicable, translations from standard English Bibles. Web Brown University. Has some images of Codex Sinaiticus. [New Testament Studies] [Church History]

Manuscript Categories [Manuscripts] [NT Studies]

Manuscript Evidence for the Bible By Dr. Ron Rhodes. Compared to any other piece of ancient literature we have dozens of times more manuscripts for the Bible, with many being far closer in time to the originals than for other ancient literature. If no one goes around doubting if we have accurate copies of the writings of Aristotle, Herodotus, Josephus, etc., then how reasonable is it to dismiss the accuracy of the transmission of the Bible? [Manuscripts] [Answers and Evidence] [Bible History]

Manuscript support for the Bible's Reliability Manuscript Support for the Bible's Reliability by Ron Rhodes Manuscript Evidence for the New Testament There are more than 24,000 partial and complete manuscript copies of the New Testament. These manuscript copies are very ancient and they are available for inspection now. There are also some 86,000 quotations from the early church fathers and several thousand Lectionaries (church-service books containing Scripture quotations used in the early centuries of Christianity). Bottom line: the New Testament has an overwhelming amount of evidence supporting its reliability. [New Testament Studies] [Bible History]

New Testament Papyri & Codices 2nd"10th Centuries, NT Papyri, Collections of Papyri, Greek Codices of the Bible, Text Types. (Manuscripts) [Bible History]

P52: A Fragment of the Gospel of John [Papyri] [Manuscripts] [Images of New Testament Texts]
a.k.a. John Rylands P457;
This is the oldest known manuscript fragment of the New Testament.
Language: Greek
Medium: papyrus
Size: 3.5 inches long; 2.5 inches wide; Length: 7 lines on each side
Approximate Date: c. 125"150 CE
Place of Discovery: Egypt
Date of Discovery/Acquisition: 1920
Acquirer: Bernard P. Grenfell
Current Location: John Rylands Library,Manchester, England
Inventory Number: Rylands Greek Papyrus 457
Manuscript Number: P52
Manuscript Family: Alexandrian

The Earliest New Testament Fragment - P52 Info and image. [Manuscripts] [image]

The New Testament what does the Record Tell Us? How important are the dates of these manuscripts? Are the oldest the most valuable? The three oldest vellum manuscripts are complete, or near-complete, copies of the New Testament. [New Testament Studies] [Bible History]

The Text of the Hebrew Bible the question of our knowledge of the development of the text of the Hebrew Bible is of paramount importance for studying and understanding this collection. What evidence do we have for original Hebrew texts that underlie our modern interpretations? How do we know that modern translators are working with an "authentic" text? Since we are dealing with a collection of religious literature, sacred scripture, that Jewish and Christian communities understand to be, in some sense, `the word of God`, it is vitally important to establish that the text being studied or read is `authentic`. [Manuscripts] [Bible History]

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