Would you like to become a contributor to the Project? Volunteers have always been of great importance in enabling the IGNTP to process a large volume of material. To contact us, use the link at the bottom of the page.
If you have some basic knowledge of biblical Greek and palaeography and an interest in New Testament manuscripts, you could join our team of volunteer transcribers.
We can provide you with all the information you will need and a base text. We are also able to offer email support as you learn: good communication is crucial in a large project like this, and something that we pride ourselves on!
We are now able to use a specially developed web-based portal for making transcriptions in unicode of New Testament manuscripts. In conjunction with INTF, we have developed a complete set of Guidelines for the Transcription of Manuscripts and an online tutorial for transcribing Greek minuscule manuscripts. These can be downloaded from the documents page.
What’s the benefit of transcribing? Read these testimonials from volunteer transcribers about their reasons for and experience of transcribing:
- John Gram (PDF, 96KB)
Pastor of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Vancouver Canada.
- Prof. Susan Docherty (PDF, 44KB)
Professor of Biblical Studies, Newman University College, Birmingham UK.
There are over 5,000 manuscripts of the New Testament. While we often try to see these actual manuscripts (always if they are important or hard to read), it would consume immense time and money to travel the world to visit all the holding libraries, museums, and monasteries. So we access most of them on microfilm or digital images.
One of IGNTP’s needs is to gain access to additional New Testament manuscripts by purchasing images from holding institutions, as well as improve the usability of our current collection by scanning microfilm into digital format. We are also keen to explore the possibility of making fresh digitizations of New Testament manuscripts with holding institutions.
Part of the task of editing the New Testament is to organise the enormous number of biblical citations made by the Church Fathers.
We are currently in the process of entering printed slips with these citations into an electronic database to enable searching and comparison. We are also making new collections of citations from individual Greek and Latin Fathers in order to bring the material up to date. If you have the appropriate skills and time to assist with this, please get in touch.
If you are interesting in helping the IGNTP with either manuscript transcriptions or database entry, please get in touch.