Center for New Testament Restoration

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Center for New Testament Restoration

Postby Alan Bunning » February 25th, 2014, 10:50 am

Here is the beta version of a website I have created that contains individual electronic transcriptions of all extant manuscripts, quotations, talismans, etc. of the Greek New Testament up to a terminus ad quem of 400 AD. It has taken me several years to create what some consider to be the “holy grail” of textual criticism. All of these manuscripts have also been assembled in a verse-by-verse collation for the entire New Testament. Instead of rely on apparatuses, you can now see transcripts of the manuscripts themselves. The standards used for these manuscripts is discussed at http://bunning.gweb.io/CNTR/downloads/manuscripts.pdf and an overview of the project and its future goals is discussed at http://bunning.gweb.io/CNTR/downloads/project.pdf. I would certainly appreciate any comments or criticism concerning the direction of the project, which I understand many will find to be radical. But please try to limit your comments to logic, reason, and evidence if you wish to persuade me of a better approach.

This beta version might be a little slow at times because it is on a free hosting site, so please don’t start linking to the site yet or the bandwidth limits would soon be exceeded. I have already had to move the site once. Right now I am just looking for feedback and will probably move the site to a more permanent URL later. I am hoping to find a partnership with a Christian college or university to house this project and continue its research, so if you know of such opportunities, please let me know. For now, the website is at:

http://bunning.gweb.io/CNTR/

The individual transcriptions and the collation are located under the manuscripts tab. Please let me know of any comments you have.

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Re: Center for New Testament Restoration

Postby RandallButh » February 26th, 2014, 7:58 am

Wow, that is a lot of work. Glad to see א 01 B03 A02 and D05, and the principle eclectic versions listed.
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Re: Center for New Testament Restoration

Postby Ken M. Penner » February 27th, 2014, 9:42 am

Thanks for this. Your project clearly illustrates some of the complexity scribes encountered when of transcribing Hebrew or Aramaic into Greek, exemplified in Mark 15.34 in parallel lines.
Any plans for something similar for the Jewish Scriptures in Greek?
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Re: Center for New Testament Restoration

Postby Alan Bunning » March 6th, 2014, 12:45 am

Ken M. Penner wrote:Any plans for something similar for the Jewish Scriptures in Greek?

It will take me quite some time to finish the things I already plan to do with this project. After that, I will just have to see how it goes...
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Re: Center for New Testament Restoration

Postby Alan Bunning » May 1st, 2016, 11:02 am

Announcing that the Center for New Testament Restoration (CNTR) website has been updated with several significant improvements. The most notable being the move from the unreliable free web hosting services I have been using, to a more permanent home at http://greekcntr.org. Please update your links accordingly. Many thanks to Micheal Palmer for providing services to host this website under his Greek-Language.com domain.

As has been eagerly awaited for some time, all CNTR transcriptions have now been released in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) XML format for free download under a Creative Commons license. 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.

Besides this, there have also been many other bug fixes and improvements in the manuscript transcriptions which are listed under the News tab. In particular, the position of the words in the collation has significantly improved due to a new and improved alignment algorithm.

Let me know if you see any errors or can suggest any improvements. Feedback is welcome as I look to improve this valuable resource and make the constructs of the New Testament free and accessible to all.
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Re: Center for New Testament Restoration

Postby Jonathan Robie » May 1st, 2016, 1:21 pm

Way cool. I knew about the new host, I'm extremely pleased that the XML can now be downloaded. Thanks for all the work you put into this important resource!
ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ διηποροῦντο, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες, τί θέλει τοῦτο εἶναι;
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Re: Center for New Testament Restoration

Postby Paul-Nitz » May 5th, 2016, 10:52 am

This site should be promoted.
A) You B-Greekers who use it, tell us your experience.
B) You B-Greeking clergy out there, recommend this site to your alma mater seminary's NT department.

My alma mater appreciated the heads up. One NT prof. asked, "Could this be made available free (like Perseus) within the Logos software?"
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